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Sanyo Introduces Short-Focus, 3D-Ready Projectors

Sanyo North America Corp. announced the launch of two new ultra short-focus projectors with 3D capability.

Sanyo North America Corp. announced the launch of two new ultra short-focus projectors with 3D capability. Both projectors feature a compact chassis about half the size of conventional short-focus projectors, according to the company. The PDG-DWL2500 has WXGA resolution with 2,500 lumens of brightness; the PDG-DXL2000 has XGA resolution and produces 2,000 lumens. Both are on display this week at InfoComm 2010.

Through a newly developed ultra short-focus mirror projection optical unit, both projectors operate at a very short distance from the display surface or screen. The PDG-DWL2500 creates an 80-inch image at a position of only 12.6 inches from the screen, making it the shortest-throw unit offered by the company. The PDG-DXL2000 requires 15.1 inches for an 80-inch image. Both projectors offer a maximum image size of either 110 inches (DWL2500) or 90 inches (DXL2000).

Fully enabled for large-screen display of 3D material, both projectors use the Frame Sequential Display format to display 3D, which works in conjunction with Active Shutter 3D glasses to rapidly alternate display between the right and left eyes.

"These new ultra short-throw models open new venues to install projectors where it was not conceivable before," said Sam Malik, vice president and general manager of the Presentation Technologies Group in Sanyo North America's Consumer Solutions Division, in a statement. "With better optical engines allowing reduced size, coupled with our large widescreen image projection in 3D, we can provide unique solutions for even more current and future applications."

By using a new compact one-chip DLP optical engine and minimizing the size of the optical components as well as optimizing the physical layout, the company says the new projectors have been reduced in size to half the volume of conventional and previous-generation Sanyo models. They can be used in either a horizontal or a vertical orientation, allowing placement under a table, on a table top behind a screen, or on a floor, ceiling, or wall.

The company believes the projectors' 3D capabilities open a new range of possibilities for applications in the education, digital signage, and amusement markets. Venues where short-throw projection is the preferred or only option can now make presentations in 3D, including 3D arcade gaming and rear-projection museum exhibits.

The projectors include an onboard 10-watt audio amplifier and mono loudspeaker, with both stereo mini-jack and RCA stereo inputs for external audio sources. Sanyo's Long-Life air filter reduces both maintenance frequency and overall cost. Useful for time-conscious presentations, a Presentation Timer function displays an optional elapsed time onscreen. Both projectors conform to the Ecodesign EuP-Directive Lot 6 for reduced energy consumption and the EU RoHS Directive for avoidance of the use of hazardous substances in electronic components. Also, according to the company, the reduced chassis size minimizes resource and energy consumption in packing material and transportation.

The PDG-DWL2500 and PDG-DXL2000 are scheduled for release in July, with MSRPs of $1,995 and $1,795, respectively.

 


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