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Sanyo Unveils 4 LCD Projectors

4/20/2010 03:39:18 PM Eastern

Chatsworth, Calif. - Sanyo North America introduced
four Wide-XGA-format projectors targeting a range of presentation venues, from
large conference rooms to lecture halls and digital signage applications.

Models include the PLC-WM5500 ($5,645 suggested retail with
standard zoom lens LNS-S20), and PLC-WM5500L ($4,995 with optional lens), both
with a 5,500 ANSI lumens brightness level, and the PLC-WM 4500 ($4,545,
standard zoom LNS-S20) and PLC-WM4500L ($4,095 with optional lens), both with
4,500 ANSI lumens of brightness.

The PLC-WM5500 and PLC-WM4500L will ship in July. The PLC-WM4500
ships in August, and the PLC-WM5500L ships in June.

Each features two new modes that enable the simultaneous
presentation of two images. All four projectors use Wide XGA panels in 16:10
widescreen aspect ratios, with 1,280 by 800 resolution.

Two new operating modes enable the projectors to simultaneously
display two video sources. A picture-by-picture mode allows the display of two
images in fixed screen locations of equal size. The picture-in-picture mode
displays an inset image within the full-frame image, with size and position of
the smaller image specified by the operator.

The functionality eliminates the need for a second projector for
video conferencing and other applications where the display of two images is required.

The projectors employ a new optical engine and cooling system
that is said to improve efficiency by 40 percent.

Maintenance costs are kept low through an Active Maintenance
Filter (AMF) system, which extends the replacement interval of its filter
cartridge to 10,000 hours.

Rather than individual filters, each projector uses an AMF
cartridge that contains a filter roll equivalent to 10 filters, advancing
automatically as needed without requiring user attention.

Each model includes an HDMI 1.3 input in addition to DVI-D,
composite video, RGB D-sub 15, video/Y-Pb/Cb- Pr/Cr (both BNC and RCA) and S-Video
inputs.

A power vertical/horizontal lens-shift control facilitates image
alignment to the screen without moving the projector, and a proprietary lens-centering
design simplifies installation, the company said.

The WM5500 and WM4500 models have remote-controllable power zoom
and focus, and the WM5500 models also have a corner keystone-correction
function to eliminate geometric distortion resulting from projector placement
at an angle to the screen.

A mechanical shutter assembly provides a convenient method of
stopping light projection on the screen. When required, the projectors can display
an image on floors or ceilings through a vertical 360-degree tilt-angle
projection capability.

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