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Sharp Debuts Videowall Monitor

Sharp this week introduced its first professional LCD monitor with LED backlighting, designed specifically for videowall applications. With a slim profile and built-in energy savings, Sharp officials say the new 60-inch PN-V601 can be used in a variety of signage and commercial display applications, in both landscape and portrait mode.

Sharp this week introduced its first professional LCD monitor with LED backlighting, designed specifically for videowall applications. With a slim profile and built-in energy savings, Sharp officials say the new 60-inch PN-V601 can be used in a variety of signage and commercial display applications, in both landscape and portrait mode.

The monitor is designed to meet a wide range of applications, says the company, with an optional expansion board that expands the available input and output terminals. The monitor employs a full-array LED backlight system, resulting in more uniform colors and brightness (700 cd/m2 ) across the entire screen.

"As digital signage and display applications continue to evolve, customers are looking for more energy-efficient products and thinner bezel designs that enable nearly seamless images to be displayed in large videowall configurations," said Ed McLaughlin, president of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, in a statement. "The introduction of this ultra-slim bezel, LED-backlit LCD monitor rounds out our line of professional displays. The large 60-inch class monitor allows larger size video walls to be created utilizing fewer LCD panels, resulting in increased energy efficiency and lower operating costs."

Sharp says that thanks to the 60-inch screen size, a large wall can be created with fewer monitors. The PN-V601 enables a 13-by-7-foot videowall with nine monitors (it would take 16 46-inch monitors to produce the same 100 square-foot videowall). And with an ultra-slim bezel that measures 4.1 mm at the top and 2.4mm at the bottom of the panel, seams are minimized.

The PN-V601 has a full complement of input and output connectors, including an HDMI input, PC input, stereo audio input, and an RS-232C input that allows the monitor to be controlled, monitored, and managed from a central location. The optional PN-ZB02 expansion board adds DVI-D input/output, component video BNC input, BNC composite video input, S-Video input, two additional stereo audio inputs, stereo speaker outputs (10W x 2), and a RJ-45 LAN control port. The PN-ZB02 also permits DVI daisy-chaining to link up to five displays.

The PN-V601 monitor is supported with a three-year on-site parts and labor limited warranty, including a three-year warranty on the backlight when used in portrait mode. It will be available in September through Sharp authorized dealers and value-added resellers. Pricing is not yet available.

 


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