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Sanyo Ups Ante to 4LCD

This week at InfoComm, Sanyo is rolling out its latest optical engine, called 4LCD, which adds a Color Control Device to conventional 3LCD (red/green/blue) systems.

This week at InfoComm, Sanyo is rolling out its latest optical engine, called 4LCD, which adds a Color Control Device to conventional 3LCD (red/green/blue) systems (booth C2848). The first projector with the new 4LCD engine will be the PLC-XP200L. Company officials said it would ship in September with an MSRP of $9,995.

Sanyo officials said the additional Color Control Device in the 4LCD optical engine allows the 25-pound PLC-XP200L (without lens) to automatically control the amount of yellow light in an image, producing higher luminosity with improved color accuracy and clarity. The PLC-XP200L is rated at 7000 lumens an a contrast ratio of 2200:1.

In addition, Sanyo developed a new high-speed, image-compensating LSI for the 4LCD engine. The combination of the 4LCD engine and the new LSI allows for up to 20 percent more color space than Sanyo's conventional projectors, officials said. With the controlled yellow light, Sanyo's Advanced Color Correction technology separates each color histogram for better color processing and correction.

"This is just the first of many projectors we will release featuring our new 4LCD Engine," said Mark Holt, vice president and general manager for Sanyo's Presentation Technologies Division. "The increased luminosity and contrast ratio coupled with the dramatically improved color accuracy of this new design is going to revolutionize the capabilities of LCD projector solutions."

Sanyo officials said there continues to be a demand for brighter projectors as systems integrators are asked to install video displays in extremely large venues such as convention halls, conference rooms, auditoriums and houses of worship. However, as brightness levels increase on 3LCD projectors, there is a reverse effect in color reproduction. Colors become noticeably washed out, lacking vibrancy and realism.

The 1024 x 768, 4:3 aspect ratio PLC-XP200L will also be equipped with a high-output, single lamp designed for light efficiency. Aside from generating sharper and brighter displays in large halls and meeting rooms, the 4LCD design is well suited for digital signage and advertising in brightly lit environments, according to Sanyo.

Digital/analog video input terminals include a DVI-D (digital and analog video), component video and D-Sub15. The input signal compatibility includes UXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, and MAC. It is also compatible with HD resolutions including 1080i 50/60, 1035i, 720p as well as standard definition (480p, 480i, 575p, 575i).



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