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  • Nippon Avionics Releases LCD Projector with OHP Function
  • December 15, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Nippon Avionics Co., Ltd. released its Multimedia Projector MP-300 and Multimedia Projector MP-250, new types of LCD projectors featuring an overhead projector (OHP) function.
    In addition to projecting PC screens and video, the new products can project OHP sheets, catalogs and books that are photographed by a built-in charge coupled device (CCD) camera.

    Nippon Avionics said the two products are successor models to the MP-200. The new models feature redesigned light sources and optical systems.

    The brightness of the MP-300 screen is 1200 ANSI lumen, or twice as bright as the MP-200's screen. The MP-300 uses a liquid crystal display (LCD) with a high numerical aperture along with a new mercury lamp and an innovative optical system.

    Nippon Avionics said the contrast ratio for black and white is 200:1. A maximum resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels can be projected and images of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels can be compressed to the size of a screen for display by software processing.

    The CCD camera has 1.31 million pixels. It can display 8-point characters in size (equivalent to those printed on newspapers) while retaining good resolution, the company said.

    The photographed area is as large as A4-size paper. The camera can focus on subjects just 5cm from the glass surface, and thus projection of such items as printed circuit boards is possible in addition to printed material.

    Because the camera employs a wide-angle zoom lens, the distance between the screen and the projector can be as close as 135cm even when projecting at a maximum of 300 inches.

    The type of input signals are analog RGB input for personal computers, NTSC format, PAL format, and SECAM format for video. An "S"video terminal also is included, the company said.

    The brightness of the MP-250 is 1100 ANSI lumen and its maximum resolution is 800 x 600 pixels.

    Both new models are 462mm wide by 418mm deep by 242mm high, and they weigh about 13.8kg. The prices are 1.1 million yen (US$9,380) for the MP-300 and 898,000 yen (US$7,650) for the MP-250, Nippon Aviation said. The MP-300 will ship in early February 1999 and the MP-250 ships on Dec. 15.

    In the initial year, the company hopes to sell 5,000 units of the two models.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Mon Dec 14 20:06:36 1998 PDT