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  • Nanao Ships Low-Priced 17-In. CRT to Compete with Sony
  • December 3, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Nanao Corp. started to ship a low-priced, 17-in. cathode-ray tube display, the E51FS, to compete with Sony Corp. and others.
    Nikkei Byte estimates the retail price at about 50,000 yen (US$410).

    Nanao, which has been focusing on sales of high-end CRTs, is now prepared to compete with Sony's CPD-17C1 and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s RD17GR with the low-priced E51FS.

    The 17-in. CRT with a retail price of over 70,000 yen (US$570) does not seem to be attracting users any more. According to Nanao, the prices of 14/15-in. liquid-crystal display monitors sized almost equal to 17-in. CRTs are declining. And high-end users requiring a 1,280 x 1,024 dot display are tending to purchase 19-in. CRTs.

    However, demand for high-end CRT models equipped with a 19-in. or 21-in. screen remains strong, and the introduction of low-priced models at this time does not necessarily mean Nanao is shifting from high-end product lines, the company said.

    The E51FS uses Toshiba Corp.'s micro-filter tubes. The vertical scanning frequency is a maximum of 100Hz at 1,024 x 768 dots, exceeding that of Sony's CPD-17C1 and Mitsubishi's RD17GR at 85Hz. This helped Nanao realize the eye friendly visual ergonomics, a Nanao spokesman said.

    In addition, the E51FS is equipped with features such as the screen size auto adjustment, which is not found in competitors' low-priced products.

    (Nikkei Byte)

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    Updated: Wed Dec 2 14:36:51 1998 PDT