1. Hitachi's new CPX9 an exemplary new portable projector

    Hitachi's newest addition to its projector range – the CPX9 – is a portable series LCD projector that provides users with a high-quality, lightweight projector that can be set up anywhere that it is needed.

    The model weighs in at less than five pounds and produces impressive images from a package that measures just 12 x 8.7 x 3 inches.

    It can create pictures up to 300 inches on the diagonal in XGA resolution, with 3,200 lumens of brightness and 16.7 million colours. Its connectivity makes it a versatile addition to any AV set up, with HDMI, S-Video and composite video inputs, an RGB computer video input and monitor output, two RCA audio inputs, and an audio output. It also has a RS-232C port which allows users to control it when it is being used as part of an integrated AV system.

    The CPX9 has a built-in speaker with audio pass-through function which enables the sounds to play through the audio output even when it is in the energy-saving standby mode and only sound is needed.

    The projector can be used as an interactive whiteboard, in a specific mode that adjusts the brightness to reduce glare and eye strain. The projector's remote control offers fast access to frequently used functions through MyMemory, MyText, MySource and MyScreen buttons.

    Maintenance is also made much easier with a hybrid air/fan filter that allows less frequent cleaning, as well as an easy access lamp compartment.

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  2. Hitachi unveils three new ultra short throw projectors

    Three new ultra short throw projectors have been added to the range of Hitachi projectors available in Europe.

    The ED-A220N, the CP-AW250N and the CP-A300N are all LCD models and can be used in classrooms or home cinema environments to create optimum viewing set ups from table top or wall mounted positions.

    The Japanese manufacturer has impressively reduced the throw distance needed for an 80 inch picture down to just 50 centimetres for standard models and only 53 centimetres for the wide screen variants.

    Enabling this is the use of free shaped optics in these second generation models which occupy less than half the volume of Hitachi’s current CP-A100 models. The new ergonomics of the projectors also give them a new approach to air flow and cooling: one of the cooling fans is eliminated, reducing noise and power consumption.

    The cooling system also aids the lamp operation, reducing maintenance and prolonging its life. The projectors also have reduced power standby mode - using just 0.3W - which ensures power usage is reduced during the lifetime of the projector.

    The ED-A220N offers 2,200 lumens and is optimised for use in educational settings. The CP-AW250N and the CP-A300N deliver 2,500 and 3,000 lumens respectively, giving them impressive capabilities in any medium-sized venue. All three projectors come with Hitachi’s Active Iris to produce a contrast ratio of 2,000:1.

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  3. New Hitachi CPWX8 adds to 3LCD range

    Hitachi is to expand its series of portable projectors with an advanced new 3LCD multimedia model.

    The CPWX8 3LCD projector provides consumers with an impeccable combination of high definition picture quality with compact size and versatile features, creating an ideal projector for a wide range of applications.

    The sleek white projector weighs less than five pounds and measures only 12" by 8.7" by 3", making it very easy to transport and set up. It has WXGA (1,280 x 800) resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, with 16.7 million colours. Its 2,600 ANSI Lumens of brightness lend the pictures optimum clarity and colour quality, in a widescreen format.

    To add to the benefits of its portablity, the CPWX8 has a full range for connections and ports, including HDMI, S-Video and composite video inputs, RGB computer video inputs and outputs, two audio inputs and an audio output.

    An RS-232C port means it can be controlled as part of an integrated AV system and also comes with a built-in speaker and a security bar in addition to a Kensington Lock. It has a Hybrid Filter that allows for 5,000 hours between cleaning, while a front air exhaust system directs the heat away from audiences.

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  4. Hitatchi targets large venues with new projectors

    Hitachi is aiming beyond the home cinema projector sphere with its latest line of 3LCD projectors, which have been developed for use in large venues.

    The full HD series is spearheaded by the CP-WUX645, which offers WUXGA resolution and is capable of displaying 1080p content at a brightness of 4,200 ANSI lumens. The model also comes equipped with a Perfect Fit function – which allows users to move the four corners of the image individually to create the ideal size and shape.

    The top model also features horizontal and vertical lens shift, which lets the operators centre the projected images as needed and the 2x zoom lens gives another level of flexibility.

    A key feature in the series is a Hybrid Filter, which can be easily removed to be cleaned, prolonging its lifespan and lowering the total cost of ownership. Picture by Picture functionality allows for projection from two separate, side-by-side sources, while the advanced connectivity – with HDMI input – allows for the transmission of uncompressed digital audio/video streams.

    The range of features on the CP-WUX645 means systems integrators have unprecedented ease of installation. The new projectors can also be purchased through Hitachi's new Trade-In Programme, which allows customers to exchange Hitachi and competing brand projectors for potential cash back on purchases of new Hitachi projectors.

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  5. Epson holds back on 3D projector range

    The global leader in the commercial projector market, Epson, has made the surprise announcement that it will not be working on developing its 3D projector technology until an industry standard has been set.

    Iain Friar, the marketing manager for Epson UK said the current variables in the technology had left them feeling like 3D technology would not yet be practical and profitable.

    Epson is best known for its printers, but is quietly dominant in the projector world, with a 30 per cent market share.

    Mr Friars announcement follows evidence that, despite the aggressive marketing and development of 3D home cinema technology, the British public are still not buying into it. Recent figures for television sales showed that just 3 per cent of all televisions bought were 3D capable.

    While the televisions are still in their infancy – the technology only having been launched a year ago – major brands such a Sony, Panasonic and Samsung would have been hoping for a greater return on investment from their heavy advertising and marketing campaigns.

    Epson's 3LCD is a direct rival to Texas Instruments' DLP chip in powering projectors. While Epson has been lauded for its candour over 3D projectors, some tech experts are wondering whether their holding back will persuade some current 3LCD users – including Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi and Toshiba – to switch allegiances to DLP.

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  6. Projector developers exploring new pic-projector light sources

    Engineers across the globe are making advances into simplifying the lasers used in mini-projectors – specifically the ones providing the green output – in an effort to make pico-projectors even more accessible.

    The aim is to find a permanent direct green source to replace the frequency-doubled version that is currently used in small projectors.

    The advantages of finding this simpler source will make the models cheaper to make, far more compact, less prone to speckling, capable of higher modulation rates and allow projection of high-definition images.

    The most promising contender is a green variant of the violet laser diode emitter, now widespread in Blu-ray players, which is being developed by German technicians, Osram Opto Semiconductors. In early 2010 they reached the milestone of creating a laser to deliver the minimum output of 50 mW that is required for a direct source to work, and have built on it since.

    Japanese firm, Nichia, have managed one step futher, however, and have already been able to begin commercial shipments of a 50mW laser that they say is competitively priced.

    The companies are now working on how to bring down the high amounts of energy needed to power these lasers, which would very swiftly drain the battery of a mobile phone. A joint project between Sony, Hitachi and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is advancing on this, having just reported a low-threshold-current laser that emits 1.5 mW at 545 nm.

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  7. Hitachi stages mass launch of new projectors

    Hitachi has made its largest single launch of projectors, revealing eleven new models aimed at bringing network-connected flexibility to education and general purpose users.

    Five new network capable models are among the range - the CP-X2511N, the CP-X3011N, the CP-X4011N, the widescreen CP-WX3011N and the education market specific ED-X45N. Their physical dimensions have been slimmed down as the networking features have been integrated into the main board.

    Networking capability has been upgraded and they are now capable of PC-less presentations, directly from a USB stick.

    The six other models are all enhanced portable projectors, aimed at cornering the compact, low-weight section of the market. These models feature a front-facing air vent that directs the hot exhaust away from both the audience and the projection lens.

    Input Source Naming now displays simple icon labels in addition to user-selected names, while the template feature for drawing lines and grids on the screen also now includes a world map.

    Hitachi has made sure that its new models meet demand for greener operation and manufacturing processes.

    All but one of the new projectors feature long-life components such as the lamp and the Super Hybrid Filter that minimises electronic waste and provides up to 6,000 hours service between maintenance intervals.

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  8. Samsung to distribute its projectors through Sahara Presentation Systems

    Technology giant Samsung has signed a deal with audiovisual specialist Sahara Presentation Systems, to be the new UK distributer for its projector range.

    The deal is expected to broaden Samsung’s reseller reach in the UK, according to the firm’s general manager of its digital display division, Dominic Webb. Sahara says the range will fit well into its current portfolio. Managing Director Kevin Batley said, “Samsung’s projector range provides our resellers with key products for the education market and is an excellent fit with our existing projector vendors, Hitachi and Sanyo.”

    Webb added that the deal will help it to target the education sector, which it says is a major area that the brand wants to crack in the UK in preparation for the release of several new projector models this year.

    Sahara will begin supplying Samsung’s full range of projectors to education and business resellers. The firm also supplies AV kits from other large brands including Mimio, Lumens, Hitachi, Loxit, Leba and Sanyo. Their products include white boards, projectors, audience response systems, interactive LCDs and a full range of installation accessories.

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  9. Live 3D projector show by Optoma at ISE 2010

    Optoma will give a live demonstration of its new 3D-ready projector and the PK102 pico pocket projector - successor to the PK101 – at this year's Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade fair.

    Kicking off in Amsterdam tomorrow and running until 4 February (Thursday), Europe's number one show for professional AV and electronics systems integration will also showcase the full capability of hi-res imaging as represented by the EH1020.

    "Using the inherent speed of Optoma projector technology, the new 3D range will output video and images at an astonishing rate of 120Hz, producing full-screen, full-colour, stereoscopic 3D," a spokesperson said of Optoma's latest product selection, adding that 3D glasses will be available to visitors keen for a demonstration of "the full immersive experience".

    Also making its European debut, the PK102 features a built-in media player and 4GB of memory, leading Optoma to dub it "a truly portable all-in-one projection solution" in enabling the transfer and storage of photos, movies or PowerPoint presentations onto the projector.

    ISE 2010 will further feature live demonstrations of Optoma's EX525ST short-throw projector and EW766W widescreen WXGA device, while Barco, Casio, Sanyo and Hitachi will also be on hand to demonstrate their latest projector innovations.

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