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 TUALATIN, Ore., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In Focus Systems(R) (NASDAQ: INFS) today introduced the PanelBook(TM) 450, a full-color LCD panel designed to make it easy and economical to move from static presentation methods to real-time electronic projection of computer- generated presentations.
 At only $3,299 (U.S. suggested list), the PanelBook sets a new price/performance standard for high-quality liquid crystal display (LCD) projection panels.
 The PanelBook 450 debuts TSTN2, an enhanced version of In Focus Systems' innovative Triple Super Twisted Nematic (TSTN(R)) technology. TSTN2 brings a new level of color quality, color matching and saturation that surpasses traditional passive matrix LCD's. TSTN2 also enables faster pixel response times than previously possible, allowing the PanelBook 450 to support fast mouse tracking and projection of digitized video created with System 7 QuickTime or Video for Windows.
 "The PanelBook 450 embraces the model of portability pioneered with the PanelBook 550, but at a price point that brings dynamic, full-color presentations to a much wider range of potential users," said Allen Alley, vice president of the Products Group at In Focus Systems Inc. "This aggressively priced, high-quality color LCD fulfills the needs of the vast majority of presenters while adding computerized control and the visual power of electronic presentation."
 No-Compromise Color with Next-Generation LCD Technology
 TSTN2 color LCD technology allows the PanelBook 450 to simultaneously display more than 1.4 million rich, saturated colors from a palette of 16.7 million colors -- the largest palette available with passive matrix LCDs.
 For improved color fidelity, the PanelBook 450 includes Video EQ. A digital image enhancement technology, Video EQ lets the presenter tune saturation and intensity of displayed colors to more closely match computer graphics sources.
 The TSTN2 display also transmits twice as much light as active matrix LCDs to assure bright, clear images and more tolerance for extraneous room light.
 Designed to work side-by-side with notebook computers, the PanelBook 450 measures only 9.5 by 2 by 11.5 inches -- up to 40 percent smaller than typical full-sized panels -- and fits easily into a briefcase. Weighing only six pounds, the PanelBook 450 is also extremely lightweight for easy portability.
 The compact 9.4-inch diagonal screen, with a resolution of 640 x 480, provides the image quality and projected image area of comparable full-sized 10-inch panels, but at a much lower cost. To achieve its compact size, the PanelBook uses an innovative In Focus Systems design that places panel electronics in a drawer rather than around the screen's perimeter.
 Easy Setup and Control for Smart Presentations
 The PanelBook 450 sets up quickly and easily with a single cable. Users need only connect the power, connect the computer and place the panel on an overhead projector.
 A hand-held, programmable "Smart Remote" control device lets users control the presentation or modify the LCD's settings from anywhere in the room. An auto-detect feature in the remote control sends the appropriate, context-sensitive command to the PanelBook 450, with the single touch of a button. The remote also includes a customizable button, which the user can configure for the most frequently used command function.
 For ease of use worldwide, the PanelBook 450 also comes with a Universal Power Adapter that accepts both U.S. and international power sources. The PanelBook 450 supports all full-sized and portable IBM PC's and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers and PowerBook portable computers.
 Volume shipping of the PanelBook 450 is scheduled for August 1993. The PanelBook 450 will be available through authorized In Focus Systems resellers and distributors.
 The PanelBook 450 joins the PanelBook 550, an active matrix, full- motion video-speed panel introduced earlier this year, as part of In Focus Systems' family of portable, right-sized projection solutions.
 Future Directions
 The PanelBook 450 is part of In Focus Systems' strategy of delivering easy to use, portable and reliable LCD presentation solutions in a broad range of price/performance configurations.
 In Focus Systems' future-oriented product design right sizes computer projection solutions to best meet presenters' needs and adapt to emerging technologies. The compact PanelBook architecture is flexible, allowing for easy incorporation of technology enhancements as they become available, including mobile power options, I/O options and advanced display technologies such as Active Addressing.
 Developed by In Focus Systems, Active Addressing will allow low-cost passive matrix LCDs to achieve full-motion video speed. The technology is currently in the process of being commercialized by Motif Inc., a joint venture of In Focus Systems and Motorola Inc.
 In Focus Systems (NASDAQ: INFS) is the leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative projection products using LCD technology. The company offers the broadest product line of LCD projection solutions available to present output from personal computers, workstations and video systems. For more information, contact In Focus Systems at 7770 S.W. Mohawk Street, Tualatin, OR 97062. Call toll-free at 800-327-7231 or, in Oregon, call 503-692-4968. In Focus Systems' fax number is 503-692-4476.
 In Focus Systems and TSTN are registered trademarks and PanelBook is a trademark of In Focus Systems Inc. Active Addressing is a trademark of Motif Inc. All other trademarks are for identification purposes only and are the property of their respective companies.
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