Fujitsu General Launches New Commercial Plasmavision Monitors

2/28/2003 - Fujitsu, the leader in plasma display technology, announced the introduction of three new widescreen (16:9) Plasmavision SlimScreen monitors designed for the commercial market. The ultimate-performance 50-inch P50XCA11 and 42-inch P42HCA11, and 42-inch P42VCA21 are completely redesigned from previous models to provide improved image quality with higher brightness and contrast, along with a host of useful features that make them ideal for use in commercial installations.

The new Plasmavision monitors will be on exhibit at the upcoming NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association) 2003 Systems Integration Expo, in Booth 2617 at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX, March 13 - 15.

Tedd Rozylowicz, Fujitsu General Senior Vice President, pointed out: "In recent years, plasma monitors have become so popular that you almost can't go anywhere without seeing one-and Fujitsu is meeting the demand with our newest Plasmavision models, engineered to meet the specific requirements of the commercial market. In addition to exceptional image quality, Plasmavision monitors are engineered for unshakable reliability-making them ideal for use in installations where superior performance under the most rigorous conditions of long-term use is an essential requirement."

Unsurpassed Plasma Performance and Installation Flexibility
Fujitsu's new line of high-performance plasma monitors offer solutions for commercial applications such as digital signage and video conferencing. They are designed to deliver superlative image quality in every respect, along with unmatched installation flexibility.

All three models incorporate Fujitsu's latest plasma technologies, including the company's exclusive AVM (Advanced Video Movement) advanced digital video processor. The processor virtually eliminates motion artifacts and flicker, improves vertical resolution and reproduces natural movement with ease. In addition, the processor's built-in line doubler converts NTSC signals and uses different types of processing for moving and still pictures, yielding smoother images without visible scan lines.

Image quality is further refined by Fujitsu's advanced digital comb filter for both NTSC and PAL sources, and other leading-edge video display technologies. All three monitors' video circuitry is optimized for the characteristics of their respective plasma panels, to yield the best-possible image quality from any video source.

Offering flexible Convergent Visual MediumTM display versatility, all three Plasmavision monitors can display the output from a wide variety of video sources including the video output from a computer, and are compatible with virtually all NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats. All models deliver exceptionally clear, sharp and vivid image quality with accurate color and grayscale reproduction, even in brightly lit environments. The P50XCA11, P42HCA11 and P42VCA21 all include two sets of analog RGB inputs (15-pin and BNC) for ready connection to commercial audio/video systems, plus an expansion slot to accept an optional video card for additional connectivity. Each monitor includes an RS-232C control port for integrated system operation with third-party controllers.

Each model features a built-in 10 x 10 watt stereo amplifier with volume, treble, bass and balance controls plus external speaker outputs, facilitating their use with optional matching external speakers as part of a stand-alone multimedia installation. All the monitors provide a comprehensive selection of picture adjustment and calibration options to achieve optimum image quality, accessible via the monitors' on-screen menus and remote controls.

To conserve energy and assure years of trouble-free operation, the P50XCA11, P42HCA11 and P42VCA21 incorporate Fujitsu's DPMS (Display Power Management Function), which turns the display on and off when a signal is present or absent. In addition, they feature a screen saver function that automatically shifts the images at regular intervals, avoiding the "screen burn" that can sometimes occur when bright, fixed images such as text are displayed in the same pixel area for long periods of time.

Following is a brief look at the new Plasmavision monitors:

The P50XCA11: Big-Screen Plasma Display Impact with Video Wall Capability
The 50-Inch Fujitsu P50XCA11 is the ideal Plasmavision monitor for applications where the size and visual impact of a big-screen plasma display is desired. The P50XCA11 features a high-resolution 1,366 x 768 pixel panel that delivers an improved 600 cd/m2 brightness, along with an exceptional 3000:1 contrast ratio, making it a perfect solution for a wide range of business and commercial environments. The P50XCA11 delivers sharp, clear and accurate picture quality from video sources including the video output from a computer. The monitor offers wide XGA native resolution, and includes advanced video processing that enables it to display SXGA and UXGA signals.

The P50XCA11 includes built-in software that enables multiple units arrayed in a video wall configuration to display a single large image without the need for an outboard controller.

The Fujitsu Plasmavision SlimScreen P50XCA11 will be available March 2003 at a suggested retail price of $10,999.

The P42HCA11: High-Performance, High-Resolution
The Fujitsu P42HCA11 Plasmavision monitor offers exceptional high-resolution image quality, making it the ideal plasma display for applications where ultimate picture sharpness and clarity is desired in a 42-inch monitor. It incorporates leading edge Fujitsu digital video and plasma panel technologies, such as a 1,024 x 1,024 panel with 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and 1000:1 contrast, to achieve standard-setting performance in its size category.

The Fujitsu Plasmavision SlimScreen P42HCA11 will be available March 2003 at a suggested retail price of $7,999.

The P42VCA21: Outstanding Value and Performance in a 42-Inch Monitor
Fujitsu's P42VCA21 Plasmavision delivers outstanding value in a 42-inch commercial plasma monitor display, with image quality that makes it the clear performance leader in its price category. Thanks to its advanced-technology 852 x 480 pixel panel that yields a remarkable 3000:1 contrast ratio and high 700cd/m2 brightness, the P42VCA21 delivers vivid, eye-catching picture quality and accurate color reproduction even in the most brightly-lit viewing environments. The monitor is compatible with video sources including the video output of a computer up to wide VGA native resolution, with the ability to display SXGA and UXGA signals.

The Fujitsu Plasmavision SlimScreen P42VCA21 will be available March 2003 at a suggested retail price of $4,999.

Fujitsu's Innovative History
Research and development beginning in the 1960's produced breakthroughs that led to the first color plasma display in 1993 followed by Fujitsu's first 42-inch plasma display in 1996. The monitor offered an alternative and superior solution from traditional CRT displays, by providing a thin, lightweight display with features such as a viewing angle of 160 degrees and a widescreen aspect ratio.

In addition to the introduction of its first 42-inch plasma display monitor, Fujitsu also worked towards the development of the first plasma digital video processor. The processor enabled Fujitsu to manufacture and introduce the first-ever HD (high-definition) plasma monitor in 1999. Fujitsu's subsequent developments in digital video processing led to the creation of the single-chip AVM (Advanced Video Movement) digital processor, currently included in all Fujitsu Plasmavision SlimScreen monitors.

Fujitsu Plasmavision SlimScreen monitors offer versatility for a wide variety of environments, from home theaters to commercial installations. Delivering powerful big-screen impact yet measuring only a few inches in depth, Plasmavision monitors are designed to outperform all other plasma displays in their respective categories, providing dramatically higher brightness and contrast along with ease of operation. The current lineup of Fujitsu plasma displays offers a host of advanced performance features, along with elegant styling and unparalleled installation flexibility.

Recently, Fujitsu was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a prestigious Emmy® Award. The award was in recognition of Fujitsu's outstanding achievement in technological advancement and its contribution to the plasma industry.

About Fujitsu General America
Fujitsu General America is a subsidiary of Fujitsu General Limited, headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan. Founded in 1936, Fujitsu General is the worldwide leader in the development of plasma display monitors and has been the front-runner in the commercialization of plasma display technology.

Plasmavision® is a registered trademark of Fujitsu General Limited. Plasmavision SlimScreen® is a registered trademark of Fujitsu General America.

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