SONY UNVEILS MULTI-USE FLAT-PANEL PLASMA MONITOR.Continuing to spark the widespread adoption of plasma monitors by a variety of industries and businesses, Sony Electronics Sony Electronics Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is the largest component of Sony Corporation of America, the U.S. holding company for Sony's U.S.-based electronics and entertainment businesses. has unveiled its latest flat-panel monitor, the PFM-32C1, which has a viewable area of 32 inches, measured diagonally. The new plasma's slim cabinetry makes it desirable for video and data display in business and commercial settings where space is an important consideration.
Sony is also providing a sneak preview sneak preview
A single public showing of a movie before its general release.
Noun 1. sneak preview - a preview to test audience reactions of a 50-inch prototype plasma display Also called "gas discharge display," a flat-screen technology that uses tiny cells lined with phosphor that are full of inert ionized gas (typically a mix of xenon and neon). Three cells make up one pixel (one cell has red phosphor, one green, one blue). , here at its Open House, an annual new product showcase event. The company expects its 50-inch model to be available in summer 2002.
Similar in design, style and performance to the award-winning PFM-42B1 display, the Sony PFM-32C1 flat-panel monitor features a native 16:9 plasma display panel See plasma display. with high brightness and anti-reflective screen An anti-reflective screen is an electronic display with an anti-reflective coating designed to reduce glare.
Traditionally LCDs have had a matte anti-glare finish to scatter reflected light. , high resolution 1024 x 852 pixels, and improved contrast ratio. Plus, with pixel conversion and reverse 3:2 pulldown See cadence correction. technology enhancements, the new plasma monitor can accurately reproduce image quality from the source material.
With its built-in scan converter A device that changes the video output from a computer to standard TV signals, allowing a regular TV to be used as a computer screen. A VCR can then also be used to record screen output. , the monitor is able to display SDTV (Standard Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards with 480 lines of resolution. All SDTV formats are interlaced, and SDTV pictures are not as sharp as progressive scan EDTV or HDTV (Enhanced Definition or High Definition).
SDTV Vs. , HDTV (High Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards that offer the highest resolution and sharpest picture. Although some HDTV sets are available in standard (rather square) screen sizes, the overwhelming majority of sets are wide screen, which eliminates and other DTV (Digital TeleVision) Transmitting TV using digital signals. The major DTV standards are ATSC (North America), DVB (Europe) and ISDB (Japan). All three use MPEG-2 video compression and Dolby Digital audio compression. DVB and ISDB also include MPEG audio compression. * signals, as well as computer resolutions up to UXGA (Ultra XGA) A screen resolution of 1600x1200 pixels. See PC display modes.
. Weighing just 48 pounds and 5 ounces, the unit can be mounted to the wall or ceiling with optional flat, tilt or rotating brackets for versatile horizontal or vertical display.
The Sony PFM-32C1 flat-panel monitor is also suitable for executive boardrooms, conference rooms and training centers, as well as for retailers looking to feature revolving point-of-purchase and point-of sale advertisements and promotions to attract customers.
Additionally, it can be used as an information kiosk in public venues, such as classrooms and student lounge areas, amusement parks, museums, waiting rooms and corporate lobbies. The model also can be used to display large screen images in showrooms, trade shows and exhibition settings.
The new flat-panel monitor is also designed for use as digital signage in hospitality sites, including hotels and restaurants for information and entertainment purposes; in movie theaters to showcase electronic billboards of upcoming releases; and in stadiums and airports broadcasting television programming, advertisements and messages.
Furthermore, the new model is suitable for elaborate home theater settings where there are design challenges, space limitations or aesthetic considerations.
"Since its introduction last year, Sony's PFM-42B1 flat-panel monitor clearly set the benchmark for plasma displays as evidenced by its mass appeal with the home theater enthusiast crowd and adoption by a range of industries and businesses," said Lana Gallucci, marketing manager of Sony Electronics' Display Systems Division. "I'm convinced that Sony's new 32-inch diagonal display plasma monitor with its enhanced circuitry and picture performance, compact and sleek size, will be another star attraction for image display."
Features that set the PFM-32C1 flat-panel monitor apart include exclusive pixel-by-pixel conversion system, which automatically identifies the characteristics (film, video or both), and resolution (480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i) of the video content for accurate, sharp image reproduction. And, with Sony's CineMotion reverse 3:2 pulldown technology, motion artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. , resulting when 24-frame-per-second film is transferred to 30 frame-per-second video, are detected and minimized.
Video connections to the Sony plasma monitor include composite, S-video, RGB (Red Green Blue) The computer's native color space, which is the color system for capturing and displaying images. RGB was derived from our own perception of color because human eyes are sensitive to red, green and blue (see trichromaticity). and computer inputs, as well as S-control to interface with other Sony products. Optional features include a display stand (model # SU-P32C) and speaker system (model #SS-S P10A).
Sony offers a range of plasma monitors including a line of consumer and professional models in 32- and 42-inch diagonal screen sizes (viewable area, measured diagonally). For the consumer marketplace, Sony also markets the KZ-32TS1, another 32-inch model with tuner and speakers, which is ideal for tabletop home theater set-ups.
Sony originally introduced flat-panel plasma displays in 1997. They quickly received overwhelming acceptance as multi-source information monitors, presentation monitors and wall-mounted displays.
The Sony PFM-32C1 flat-panel monitor is available now through authorized Sony resellers for a suggested list price of about $6,000. For more information on this product and Sony's lineup of plasma monitors, visit the company's Web site at http://www.sony.com/news.
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