March 2008: Video
TV SWITCHER | DIGITAL SIGNAGE KIOSK | WIDESCREEN MONITOR
As part of its new TV line of professional products for home end-users, Gefen's TV Switcher enables connections of up to four different HDTV sources to one display or projector. By using HDMI connectors, the switcher gives direct access to all four sources with a press of a button or through an automatic switching feature. The switcher is HDMI v1.3 compliant, so it also functions with high-def gaming systems and disc players. HDCP-compliant audio and video is delivered in all HD resolutions up to 1080p. Price: Contact company. Gefen. 800-545-6900. www.gefen.com.
DIGITAL SIGNAGE KIOSK
The iS40 digital signage system from Planar Systems combines a 40-inch LCD monitor with CoolSign iS software, Windows XP embedded processing, optional Wi-Fi features, and networking components. The plug-and-play appliance requires AC power and an Ethernet connection. The CoolSign software allows users to centrally manage content displayed in multiple locations. The LCD offers 700 nits of brightness, a 15.24 millimeter bezel, and a 178-degree viewing angle. Price: Starts at $6,500. Planar Systems. 866-752-6271. www.planar.com.
NEC Display Solutions introduces the MultiSync LCD3090WQXi, a 30-inch widescreen display. It is a 4-megapixel (2560x1600), wide-gamut LCD that features ColorComp, which allows the display to produce 102 percent of the NTSC color scale, and includes a 12-bit internal look-up table and high bandwidth digital content protection. Price: $2,199.99. NEC Display Solutions. 866-632-6673. www.necdisplay.com.