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Sharp Debuts Large-Format LCD Monitors

At Digital Signage Expo, Sharp introduced its new PN-E large-format, thin-bezel pro LCD family. Company officials said the PN-E series is Energy Star-qualified and designed for 24/7 use in commercial signage and display applications.

This week at Digital Signage Expo, Sharp introduced its new PN-E large-format, thin-bezel pro LCD family. Company officials said the PN-E series is Energy Star-qualified and designed for 24/7 use in commercial signage and display applications.

The series comprises the PN-E601 60-inch class monitor with a 5,000:1 contrast ratio; the PN-E521 52-inch class, also with a 5,000:1 contrast ratio; the PN-E471 47-inch class monitor with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio; and the PN-E421 42-inch class monitor with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio. The PN-E601, PN-E521, and PN-E421 monitors are compatible with portrait and landscape applications, and all four support an optional expansion board (model PN-ZB01) that expands the available input and output terminals and an optional signage controller.

By offering a new lineup of large-screen models with expansion options, Sharp is aiming to be a one-stop shop for custom signage solutions for a variety of applications, said Dan Wynne, senior director of marketing for the Professional Display Division of Sharp America, in a statement.

According to Sharp, the PN-E series is compatible with the company's Sharp Digital Signage Software (SDSS). The PN-ZB01 also permits DVI daisy chaining to link to five displays for videowalls. A built-in enlargement function allows a user to create up to 5 x 5 videowalls from a PC.

All four monitor were designed with a fanless architecture for quiet operation and low dust accumulation, according to the company, and they support full 1920x1080 HD resolution from almost any analog or digital RGB source. The monitors offer high brightness (500 to 700 cd/m2) and built-in loudspeakers that produce 10 watts per channel of stereo audio.

The PN-ZB01 expansion board attaches to the rear of the displays to add DVI-D input/out, 5-BNC analog RGB input, Component video input, S-Video input, BNC Composite video input, two additional stereo inputs, stereo speaker output, and RJ-45 LAN display control.

The PN-TPC1 signage controller attaches to the rear of the display and uses a dual-core Intel Atom N330 CPU capable of supporting multiple monitors and video streams. The PN-TPC1 comes pre-loaded with SDSS and is certified to run many third-party digital signage software packages, including Scala and BroadSign, says the company.

For high-traffic settings, versions of all screen sizes are available with integrated protective acrylic overlays. The PN-E Series offers a three-year, 24/77 on-site parts and labor limited warranty, as well as a three-year warranty on the backlight with non restrictions on whether the monitor is installed in portrait or landscape mode.

The PN-E601 will be available this month with a suggested list price of $7,550; the PN-E521 will also be available this month, for a suggested list price of $4,195; the PN-E471 is scheduled to be available in March for a suggested list price of $2,895; and the PN-E421 is expected to be available next month for a suggested list price of $1,795.



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