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New Optoma H31 Digital Projector Combines Performance and Value for Home Theater Enthusiasts

H31 features advanced DarkChip2 DLP technology by Texas Instruments for an incredibly bright, detailed and lifelike movie/TV experience
LAS VEGAS, CES, Jan. 6, 2005 – Optoma Technology, Inc. is introducing the successor to its 2004 CES Innovation Award winning H30 digital home theater projector. Available for under $1,499, the Optoma H31 projects HD video with astounding depth and clarity. The H31 features Texas Instruments' DarkChip2™ DLP™ technology, which brings TV programming, DVDs and streaming video to life, delivering native widescreen projection at 3000:1 contrast. Optoma is exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (January 6-9, 2005), at the Optoma booth located in the South Hall section 1, #20538.

The H31 is designed and priced for a wider audience, combining a movie theater-like experience with value – without compromising performance. The H31 features a Pixelworks video scaler, deinterlacer, and advanced HD scaling, which significantly optimizes video processing and frame-by-frame smoothness to unleash every aspect of the video as it was intended to be viewed – with any size from 28 to 304 inches.

H31 includes some new advanced functions that give the viewer the ability to tune the image to match the screen. These functions can address issues such as artifacts appearing on one or several of the edges of the image or the need to remove the bars that appear above and/or below or at the sides of the projected image. These tools are a tremendous asset when dealing with such small imperfections that may cause irritation and greatly detract from the enjoyment of a movie or other visual experience. There is no other projector on the market in this price range that provides such a complete set of tools to fine tune the image to the screen. Furthermore, these settings can be stored in memory.

"The H31 is the latest in our family of affordable, high performance digital home projectors that are bringing the movie theater experience into the living room," said Harvey Horrocks of Optoma Technology. "Following on the award-winning H30, the next generation H31 delivers an even more impressive and realistic video experience, gripping viewers with an amazing spectrum of colors and unbelievable vibrancy – at a price that won't break the bank."

The H31 is HDTV compatible with 720p, 480p widescreen (854x480), 1080i and DVI with HDCP output for maximum clarity. The 850 lumens and four-speed, six-segment color wheel ensures superior color reproduction with deeper, richer blacks, detailed nuances, and a full palate of bright colors. The included adjustable color matrix allows viewers to adjust reds, greens and blues independently for a truly customized experience.

Specifications:
Display Type: 0.54-inch DarkChip2™ DLP™ technology from Texas Instruments
Resolution: 480p (854 x 480) native
Brightness: 850 Lumens (typical)
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Full On/Full Off)
Lamp Type/Life: 200-watt P-VIP lamp
2,000 hours (BriteMode™)
3,000 hours (STD)
Throw Ratio: 1.65:1 – 2.0:1 (Distance/Width)
ZOOM Presets (aspect ratio): 1.85:1, 1.66:1, 2.35:1, 4:3, 16:9
Image Size (diagonal): 28 to 304 inches
Projection distance: 3.9 to 39.4 feet
Compatibility: SVGA, VGA, SXGA compression, VESA, Macintosh, Full NTSC/PAL/SECAM
HDTV: 720p, 1080i, SDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), 576i/p
Projection Lens: F/ 2.4 to 2.7, f =19.7 to 23.6 mm, Manual focus and zoom
Refresh Rates: 15.75 to 68.70 kHz Horizontal, 43 to 85 Hz Vertical
I/O Connectors: DVI-I with HDCP, RCA Component (YPbPr) S-Video, composite video (RCA), RS-232, AC Power, IR receivers

About Optoma Technology, Inc.
Optoma Technology, Inc. is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business and home. The company manufactures multimedia projectors for mobile users, fixed installations and home theaters, HDTVs, LCD flat panel monitors and plasma displays. Optoma products combine superior image processing technologies with exceptional engineering and innovation to deliver images that are bright, crystal clear, and finely tuned for tone and color. Optoma's award-winning products are sold through the company's global network of pro AV dealers, major consumer electronics retailers, and Internet resellers. Optoma's worldwide headquarters is located in Milpitas, California. For more information about Optoma please call 888-942-2929 or visit optoma.com.

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