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Clarity to Build Displays for InFocus

Aug 31, 2004 5:51 PM

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Clarity Visual Systems ( has made a contract with InFocus Corp. ( to manufacture its TD-61 product recently introduced at the InfoComm trade show in Atlanta. The 61-inch displays will be part of the ultrathin rear-projection category, which the companies are pioneering to reach new markets and customers.

The agreement underscores the relationship between the two companies announced in March 2004 that Clarity would build a new generation of cobranded displays based on the InFocus engine, which integrates proprietary, patent-pending engine and screen technology with a microdisplay device using Texas Instruments' DLP technology. The InFocus engine that will be used by Clarity is also the foundation for the InFocus ScreenPlay microdisplay television introduced by InFocus in early 2004.

"This new contract further solidifies our working relationship and ensures a method of quickly reaching and satisfying the demands of the growing market for large-format thin display," says Paul Gulick, Clarity's president and chief executive officer.

In addition to designing and manufacturing the rear-projection display system for InFocus, Clarity will design and build its own branded ultrathin rear-projection system, the Bengal, using the InFocus light engine.

The Bengal, announced earlier this year, is a 61-inch rear-projection display that is 6.5 inches deep and is designed to meet the needs of Clarity's digital signage and retail customers.

"Clearly, this new relationship underscores the commitment and synergies of both organizations and helps us fulfill the demands for large-format thin displays in our core markets," says Scott Hix, senior vice president and general manager of the Americas business unit at InFocus.

The displays carrying both brands are expected to begin shipping in the latter half of 2004.

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