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Optoma Introduces New HD2 DLP Rear Projection TVs

9-Jan-03

Optoma Technology, Inc., a leading developer of projection and digital display products, unveils the new Optoma RD50 and RD65 big-screen high-definition TVs, selected as winners of the CES Innovations 2003 award. The judges, a panel of 25 industry designers, engineers, and journalists, have awarded the RD50 and RD65 in the Video category for innovative design and engineering, delivering brilliant high-definition on-screen images. These award-winning TVs are developed with the latest Texas Instruments HD2 Digital Light Processing˘ (DLP˘) technology and provide unparalleled clarity, color, and brightness. Optoma will demonstrate the leading-edge TVs at the Innovations 2003 Design and Engineering Showcase and also this at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Optoma will introduce two other new products, the Optoma H56 home theatre projector and the Optoma EzPro 737 digital projector. The Optoma RD50 stands out from the competition as the thinnest 50-inch projection TV--only 14.7 inches deep. Likewise, the RD65 delivers a size advantage as the first 65-inch DLP television with the HD-2 chipset, giving consumers a 70 percent larger viewing area than a 50-inch screen, currently the largest HD-2 DLP TV available. In addition, the televisions feature the most advanced non-reflective screens, made with DenseDetail material to increase brightness and clarity, and also provide wider viewing angles than other TVs. Both systems offer a total of nine picture formats, including native 16:9 format at 1280 x 720 resolution and special conversions from traditional 4:3-formatted media. In addition, these TVs provide high levels of contrast (1,500:1) and brightness (600 cd/m2)--up to three times brighter than many CRT televisions. Ideal for business or entertainment, the RD50 and RD65 feature the most extensive set of image adjustments, Picture-in-Picture (PiP), and Picture-outside-Picture (PoP) functions, plus front- and rear-connectivity panels with a complete set of computer, video, and stereo inputs. The RD50 and RD65 are expected to be available in February, priced at $4,995 and $5,995 (MSRP), respectively. ""Optoma has been leading industry innovation with our DLP technology, and the company's expertise is now resulting in products that are drawing wide critical acclaim for their outstanding image quality,"" said John Van Scoter, Vice President, Texas Instruments. ""I congratulate Optoma for winning the CES Innovations 2003 award for this new DLP technology-based product line."" Other New Optoma Products In addition to the TVs, Optoma also announced two new projectors that feature Texas Instruments' advanced DLP technology. These products will also be on exhibit at CES: - The Optoma H56 home theatre DLP projector. It provides advanced XGA resolution and superior contrast--up to 2,000:1--two times higher than the contrast ratio of most movie theatres. With an MSRP of $4,995, it's the lowest-cost high-resolution home theatre projector available. The H56 delivers vivid, true colors; proprietary color tuning; and picture adjustment memory functions for each input signal. At 1,000 lumens, it is ideal for viewing--even with some ambient light. - The Optoma EZPro 737, an ultra-light, 3.5-pound DLP multimedia projector. It's the first digital projector of its size to deliver 1,500 ANSI lumens, 1,800:1 contrast ratio, and full HDTV video display capability. It combines high-brightness, outstanding contrast, extensive input support, and portability. The EzPro 737 is priced at $2,995 (MSRP). For more information, visit www.optoma.com.

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