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Optoma Launches Its First True 16:9 Native Digital Projector to Match-Up with Today’s Widescreen Notebooks

Press Release  |  Jun 7, 2006

The Optoma EP1690 Delivers Widescreen Versatility and Crossover Appeal for Office and Home Applications

ORLANDO (June 7, 2006) – Optoma, one of the leading manufacturers of digital projection and display devices, introduces the EP1690 projector. A native 16:9 projector, the EP1690 delivers performance and picture quality for today's widescreen notebooks, the latest DVD releases and high-definition content. Stylish, lightweight and amazingly versatile, the EP1690 goes from laptop to big screen home entertainment easily.

The EP1690 features Optoma's exclusive Widescreen Maximizer™ which guarantees perfect picture matching between the video source and the projector. The Widescreen Maximizer software, downloaded for free from, provides the fastest and easiest way to match notebook video resolutions with the EP1690.

With a DarkChip2™ DLP® chipset and BrilliantColor™ technology, both by Texas Instruments, the EP1690 projects high-quality images. The BrilliantColor color processing technology, along with the 2500 lumens and 2500:1 contrast ratio of the EP1690, ensures that the projector delivers higher brightness and provides truer, more vibrant colors to the picture on display.

Optoma's EP1690 includes extensive connectivity options, including DVI w/HDCP, as well as four audio and video inputs. The projector also features a built-in 3-watt speaker, making the EP1690 a true multimedia projector for office and home entertainment use.

The EP1690's Express on/off function allows the projector to power on/off in mere seconds. The projector also has a lower noise level usually associated with other typical data projectors. Optoma's patent pending "wind tunnel" cooling system is designed for near-silent operation with minimal light leakage.

Display Technology: Single 0.65-inch LVDS DarkChip2 chipset by Texas Instruments
Brightness (typical): 2500 lumens using a 220W lamp
Resolution: 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
Contrast Ratio: 2,500:1
Noise Level (typical): 30dB standard
Lamp Life (economy): 2,500 hours
Computer Compatibility: SXGA+, UXGA, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, VESA standards, PC and Macintosh
Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p) with 480i/576i deinterlacing
I/O Connectors: Four audio-in / one audio-out, VGA (YPbPr/RGB/SCART), DVI-D w/HDCP, composite video (RCA), S-Video, RS232
Remote: Full featured Remote Control Mouse with laser pointer
Estimated Weight: 7 pounds

The Optoma EP1690 digital projector will be available in Q3 2006 for an estimated street price of $1,690 through authorized Optoma dealers.

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 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, visit

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