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Optoma Introduces H79 Home Theater Projector Featuring Texas Instruments DLP and DarkChip3 Technology

Designed for the true home theater connoisseur, the Optoma H79 offers 4000:1 contrast ratio and native 720p resolution
LAS VEGAS, CES, Jan. 6, 2005 – Optoma Technology, Inc. today announced its next-generation, high- performance digital projector for true home theater enthusiasts. The H79 home theater projector surpasses the quality of some of the best analog projectors at a fraction of the price, providing the most vivid, clear, and immersive digital video experience possible. The H79 will be available for an estimated price of $10,000. 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 H79 features DarkChip3™ and DLP™ by Texas Instruments delivering outstanding high contrast ratio of 4000:1 and native 720p resolution. The latest technology available from Texas Instruments achieves both higher brightness and deeper black levels by "filling in" the area where the digital micro mirror connects to its hinge – the so-called "dimple." In addition, the gap between the mirrors has been further reduced and the backing to the mirrors has become more light absorbent. In addition, DarkChip3 DLP will deliver the finest HDTV images to date. The H79 also offers proprietary 5x, 8-segment DVE (Dark Video Enhancement) color wheel technology with additional dark segments for virtually no dithering and even deeper level of black. These key, fine adjustments further enhance the experience of the viewer.

"Optoma's incredible level of digital performance dramatically escalates the video and cinematography detail, rivaling the experience in the best movie theaters," said Wing Chung, Product Engineering Manager of Optoma. "The H79 delivers a wider and smoother color palette with virtually no dithering in the lower end of the gray scale as well as providing an incredibly rich brightness to win over even the most discerning of home theater aficionados"

The H79 also includes a full portfolio of advancements in the home theater arena, including a 100%-offset vertical lens shift that enables easy installation without compromising image quality.

Optoma H79's optional, easy-to-use Universal Touch Screen Remote can manage up to 8 electronic entertainment devices, including projectors, TVs, VCRs, DVDs, CDs, tuners and AV receivers. The remote's ability to assign macros of up to 60 commands, including time delays between two commands, and other advanced features will also give an installation professional or advanced user the ability to program one-button easy access to a host of different viewing scenarios.

The Optoma H79 Home Theater Projector also employs some of the most revolutionary engineering on the market, as evident in its Shield Design casing. This advanced casing incorporates innovative use of baffles, preventing unwanted light emissions while enabling near silent operation at only 23dB.

Optoma backs up the extraordinary performance of the H79 Home Theater projector with a two-year warranty and a Zero Dead Pixel policy. This policy allows consumers to return for repair of the H79 in the unlikely event that any one of its 921,600 pixels stops working properly.

Specifications
Display Technology: Single 0.79 12-degree DarkChip3™ DLP™ technology by Texas Instruments
Brightness (typical): 1,000 lumens
Resolution: 720p (1,280 x 720) native, UXGA (1,600 x 1,200) compressed
Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1
Noise Level (typical): 23dB standard
Lamp Life (typical): 3,000 hours
Image Size (diagonal): 21 to 282 inches (0.5 to 7.2 meters)
Projection Distance: 3.3 to 32.8 feet (1.0 to 10 meters)
Computer Compatibility: UXGA, SXGA, WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA compression, VESA standards, PC & compatibles, Macintosh
Video Compatibility: NTSC (M, 3.58/4.43 MHz), PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L), HDTV (720p, 1080i), EDTV (480p), SDTV (480i), 576i/p
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 native, 4:3 & 5:4 compatible
Projection Lens: f = 28.03 – 38.2mm, F/2.4-1.35x, power zoom and focus with manual lens shift
Throw Ratio ((distance/width): 1.6:1 to 2.16:1
Horizontal Scan Rate: 15 to 100 kHz
Vertical Refresh Rate: 43 to 85Hz
I/O Connectors: DVI-I with HDCP, BNC (RBGHV/component video), component video, composite video (RCA), S-Video, two IR receivers, dual +12V trigger relays, RS-232 communication, AC power unit

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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