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Panasonic Announces New Wide Screen 1-Chip DLP Based Projectors For Viewing Of Movie Pre-Shows Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 March 2006
Panasonic introduced the new PT-DW5000 and its selectable lens (without lens) version PT-DW5000L, two widescreen one-chip mid-to-large venue DLP™ projectors ideal for projection interstitial materials including movie trailers and commercials.The PT-DW5000 and PT-DW5000L will be available in June 2006.
With a high brightness of 4,500 lumens and a WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution, these compact projectors are highly suited for mid-to-large size venues including the confines of the movie theater booth. The benefits of long-life DLPTMchip make these projectors ideal for demanding non-stop 24/7 applications.

The PT-DW5000 and PT-DW5000L are equipped with new Texas Instruments’ high-contrast, one-chip DLPTM subsystem and Panasonic completely-sealed, dust-proof, liquid-cooled optics. New Panasonic-exclusive optical technologies deliver an impressive contrast ratio of over 1600:1 and high uniformity in color and brightness.

The PT-DW5000 and PT-DW5000L are equipped with high-speed digital signal processing with 16-bit color depth for wider dynamic range and more film-like images, dynamic sharpness control, and progressive cinema scan (3/2 pull down) capabilities that combine to produce rich, detailed blacks and to masterfully reproduce 24 frames-per-second film-based video.

The unit’s lens-centered design provides flexibility in system design, which eliminates the need for any special considerations when planning their installations. The projectors incorporate Panasonic's BriteOptic™ multi-lamp system that delivers the reliability and power of two, new high-intensity 300W UHM lamps through a high-precision prism. The lamp auto-changer alternates lamp operation to permit extended 24/7 use, and allows operation to continue without interruption even if one lamp burns out.

Setup of the PT-DW5000 and DW5000L is easy with one-touch auto-setup, motorized vertical and manual horizontal lens shift and Digital Keystone Correction.

For exceptional connection flexibility, the projectors offer a full array of inputs, including DVI, two computer (RGB) and three video (component, composite and S-Video). In addition, the PT-DW5000s have a wired LAN connector, RS-232C and external remote terminals.

When connected to a wired LAN, a user can operate a PT-DW5000 or PT-DW5000L remotely, check their status using a web browser on a networked PC. The projectors can send e-mail messages to notify a user when the units’ operating condition changes or a lamp needs replacing. The wired LAN connection drives down support costs and minimizes downtime.

Designed for quiet operation as low as 29dB (low power mode), the units are HDTV-ready, and can automatically synchronize to display 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480/576i video in 16:9 wide aspect ratio. The Direct Power Off function utilizes a built-in capacitor to keep the projectors’ fan running to cool down the unit even when the power is turned off. The PT-DW5000/L offer a host of security features to prevent unauthorized use, including password protection, operation key lock function, Kensington lock and a security chain opening.

The PT-DW5000 series uses a bayonet-type lens system, so lenses can be attached and detached with one-touch ease. The units can project on screens from 50” to 600”, and are less than 7 inches(178mm) high and weigh only 32 pounds(14.5kg). The projectors’ top panel is removable, which makes it easy to change color or add a logo or graphic. Other standard benefits include: multiple terminals including DVI-D (HDCP compliant) selectable nine-language on-screen menu; easy lens and dust filter replacement.

Panasonic also announced the development of a full resolution 1080p projector for cinema applications that is planned to be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year.

The widescreen new projector features a new Texas Instruments’ 3-chip DLPTM imager that produces 10,000 lumens of brightness and full 1920 x 1080 resolution. The projector delivers a theater-quality 4000:1 contrast ratio with Panasonic’s exclusive Dynamic Iris, which switches the aperture according to the input signal. Panasonic’s Dynamic Iris technology quickly fine tunes the lamp output with exceptional speed, resulting in highly accurate real-time control of the projector light output.

Panasonic DLP based projector boasts 1,200 installations in various cinema theaters worldwide. With an increasing number of installations, Panasonic now leads in the field of providing DLPTM driven projectors for cinema applications.Panasonic supplies three types of DLPTM projectors to cinema theaters: PT-D7700 -- 3 panel DLPTM,1400 x 1050 resolution,7000 lumens of brightness and 4000:1*1 contrast ratio; PT-DW7000 -- 3 panel DLPTM, 1366 x 768 resolution, 6000 lumens of brightness, and 4000:1*1 contrast ratio; and PT-D5500-- single panel DLPTM, 1024 x 768 resolution, 5000 lumens of brightness, and 1600:1*1contrast ratio.

Panasonic is globally advocating the use of digital technology for superior long-term picture quality, and hoping to aid the distribution of films by significantly reducing the cost of production and allocation.

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