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  • Matsushita to Market Bright, Portable LCD Projector
  • December 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., said it will soon launch sales of a new bright, portable liquid-crystal display (LCD) projector, the TH-L797J.
    The unit is equipped with two lamps that enable it to project images at a very high level of brightness (1,600 lumens), and it can also achieve a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 dots (SXGA).

    Because the projector can display images with such a high brightness, it can be used without the need to darken the room. The unit measures 332mm wide x 470mm deep x 134mm high, and it weighs 9.2kg.

    Matsushita Electric predicts that from now onwards the market for projectors will consist mainly of LCD units that are capable of projecting at high brightness levels, with resolutions in excess of the standard XGA (1,024 x 768 dots).

    Matsushita also decided to change the brand name of its projectors to "Sirius Pro" starting with the launch of the TH-L797J model. The company plans to release a whole series of new high-resolution, high-brightness models.

    The new TH-L797J model is equipped with Matsushita's newly developed "Dual Lamp Optical System." This optical system achieves an improved efficiency of brightness by accurately focusing light from two lamps through a single lens.

    The LCD panel used is a 1.3-in. polysilicon type, fitted with a micro lens. By efficiently gathering incident light from the panel, the projector unit can simultaneously achieve both high brightness and high resolution. In addition, the new unit is also equipped with a digital gamma compensation circuit that allows it to reproduce colors with a high degree of accuracy.

    The projector is fitted with several interface ports, RGB input/output jacks, voice input/output jacks, a video input jack and an audio input jack. For interfacing with PCs and other peripheral devices, it also has a serial port, a remote port and a mouse input port.

    The new projector is scheduled to go on sale Jan. 5 next year and will be priced at 1.35 million yen (US$11,410). Matsushita Electric said it plans to manufacture 500 units a month for the Japanese market. With those intended for export, the total comes to 3,000 units a month.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Tue Dec 8 13:10:58 1998 PDT