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Oct 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon, Jessaca Massey, and Charissa Young


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PROJECTOR

SIM2's HT3000 is its first 1080p DLP projector, employing a 1in. 1080p DarkChip3 chipset and an AlphaPath proprietary light engine for true 1080p resolution (1920×1080) in a compact housing. It features a 10-bit internal de-interlacer and scaling engine for optimal performance with other video sources, including DVD, 1080i, and 720p HDTV, and standard-definition cable or satellite transmissions. The HT3000 also features two HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs, as well as VGA, component, composite, and S-Video inputs to accommodate a full range of video sources.
▪ SIM2 | www.sim2usa.com

LCD PROJECTOR

Toshiba's TLP-XC2500U LCD projector features 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA 1024×768 resolution, and 400:1 contrast ratio, as well as three-megapixel resolution, 16X zoom, and a built-in LED light. The projector also incorporates an advanced document camera. Users including teachers, corporate trainers, mobile professionals, and small-to-medium-sized businesses simply extend the camera arm from the projector and position it to use photo samples, printed documents, blueprints, microscopic images, three-dimensional objects, or close-up views of demonstrations in their presentations. The 8.8lb. projector also incorporates a removable palm-sized control panel specially designed with a self-assigned password for theft prevention. The unit also includes one-touch auto setup and digital zoom on a presentation remote and instant power shutdown capability.
▪ Toshiba | www.toshiba.com

HORSE-RACING VIDEO RECORDER

Fast Forward Video (FFV)'s, G.D.B. International, and Playback Technologies' Fast Track Racing System provides a cost-effective video recording solution that offers synchronized broadcast-quality video playback with precisely controlled slow-motion replay. The system is optimized for the horse-racing industry and has already been used successfully at tracks in Australia and New Zealand. An FFV DigiDeck hard-disk recorder uses a high-quality Motion JPEG codec to encode and decode each frame of video individually. When the footage is paused at a given point, the DigiDeck produces a clean, solid image. In addition to horse racing, Motion JPEG allows the system to cover other fast-action sports such as car racing, greyhound racing, football, and tennis.
▪ Fast Forward Video | www.ffv.com

EXTENDER

The QVS VGA Cat-5 D/A extender system allows users to send video signals to multiple displays and over long distances. Depending on the application, it supports resolutions from VGA (640×480) to QXGA (2048×1536). It works with monitors, projectors, HDTV, and flatpanels. Its receiver has built-in equalization and gain controls to adjust brightness while a separate RGB skew calibrator module is also available, if required. Ideal for presentations, classrooms, monitoring, data center, retail showrooms, and training facilities.
▪ QVS | www.qvs.com

PROJECTOR

Hitachi's CP-X608 3LCD projector features a brightness of 4000 ANSI lumens and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It displays images via a 1.5X zoom lens that enables projection on screens up to 100in. and is outfitted with a bayonet lens that supports up to four optional lenses for specific application needs. The projector can be remotely controlled and maintained through a LAN network connection. The network functionality makes it easy to control multiple projectors in different rooms and to monitor for functions such as remaining lamp life.
▪ Hitachi | www.hitachi.us

PROJECTOR

Toshiba's TDP-ET20U DLP all-in-one multimedia DVD projector features extreme short projection for home entertainment, business, or academic settings. The projector displays up to a 100in. diagonal screen image from a distance of just 3.9ft. for an unobstructed viewing experience. The integrated DVD player allows users to play movies directly from the projector. The compact projector offers 1100 lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and widescreen format with adjustable aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3. Additional ports include S-Video, composite video, and component video, RGB (for easy PC connection), and HDMI.
▪ Toshiba | www.toshiba.com

PROJECTORS

Sony's VPL-CX21 and VPL-CS21 3LCD projectors offer 2100 ANSI lumens of brightness and XGA resolution and SVGA resolution, respectively. In addition to six preset projection modes that alter the contrast, brightness, and color, the models offer Advanced Intelligent Auto Setup and Auto Focus so that the projector will set itself up when the on button is pressed. Designed for mobile users in business or school environments, the lightweight projectors weigh just 4lbs. Sony | www.sony.com

VIDEO SWITCHERS

Gefen's new 8×1 DVI switcher and enhanced 4×1 HDTV switcher feature plug-and-play capabilities to enable users to access multiple high-definition computers and sources using just one input on any high-definition display. The 8×1 DVI switcher allows for serial communications system integration and control. The 4×1 HDTV switcher allows computer systems, DVD players, and satellite set-top boxes to be integrated seamlessly and viewed interchangeably using the same DVI port on an HDTV display.
▪ Gefen | www.gefen.com



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