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Sharp's Expanding Line of Microwave Drawers Brings Accessibility and Sophisticated Design to Today's Kitchens.

CHICAGO -- At 2006 K/BIS, Sharp is showcasing its line of Microwave Drawers, which has grown from Insight(TM) and Insight Pro(TM) Ranges to include a standalone unit and a combination Cooktop+Microwave Drawer(TM). Sharp's Microwave Drawer(TM) solution is concealed beneath a countertop to create a high-style placement option that positions the microwave at a height where ease and accessibility is maximized. Most recently, Sharp added a 24-inch unit to the line that gives kitchen designers more flexibility when incorporating a Microwave Drawer into a design layout.

"Sharp is the only manufacturer to offer a full suite of microwave drawer configurations, leading the industry with a standout design solution that addresses an important issue in kitchen design," Christine Lewis, senior director of marketing, appliances, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. "The new 24-inch unit fits into one of the most popularly-used cabinet size spaces, so it can be placed easily within both renovations and new kitchen construction."

In addition to the Microwave Drawer, Sharp is also displaying its Superheated Steam Oven. The oven is a versatile countertop solution for healthy cooking, allowing consumers to bake, roast, grill or steam their favorite foods. It is the only oven that employs Sharp's superheated steam technology, to produce delicious dishes that have the health benefits of steam cooking without sacrificing crispness or moisture. Pre-programmed settings make it effortless to cook a selection of popular foods, while manual settings allow consumers to use the oven to cook almost any food.

Sharp will highlight the following key products at K/BIS. For additional details, please see individual product press releases:

Insight Pro Microwave Drawers: Sharp continues to bolster its acclaimed Insight Pro Microwave Drawer line with the new stand-alone model, a 24-inch unit (model KB-6014LS). Also available in a 30-inch automatic configuration (model KB-6015K), the 1.0-cubic-foot units expand the options for microwave placement so that builders and kitchen designers can incorporate a Microwave Drawer into almost any design layout or configuration. Model KB-6015K is currently available for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $849.99. The 24-inch KB-6014LS will be available in June for an MSRP of $849.99.

Insight Pro Combination Microwave Drawer and Cooktop (model KB-5121KS): This 30-inch-wide combination unit combines the same cooktop available in Sharp's Insight and Insight Pro Ranges with the Microwave Drawer. The KB-5121KS offers consumers an all-in-one complement to a wall oven, and the Microwave Drawer provides an alternative to a countertop microwave for a sleek, integrated look. Model KB-5121KS is available now in a stainless steel finish for an MSRP of $1,799.99; models KB-5121KK and KB-5121KW are available now in black and white finishes for MSRPs of $1,689.99 and $1,749.99, respectively.

Insight and Insight Pro Ranges (models KB-3401L, KB-3425L and KB-4425L): Sharp introduces a new generation of Insight and Insight Pro Ranges that feature a glass cooktop, conventional and convection oven and a Microwave Drawer in one sleek unit. Available in freestanding or slide-in configurations, Sharp offers consumers a new and innovative solution for kitchen design that addresses the key question of where to put the microwave. Models KB-3401L, KB-3425L and KB-4425L will be available in black, white or stainless steel finishes in Q2 2006. Pricing has not yet been determined.

Superheated Steam Oven (models AX-700S/R): The Superheated Steam Oven offers consumers a healthy way to prepare their favorite foods, with the convenience and versatility that characterizes Sharp's cooking appliances. Based on a unique technology that combines heat with superheated steam, it enables optimal food preparation, providing the benefits of steam cooking to a wider variety of foods that are roasted, grilled or baked in the oven. The Superheated Steam Oven is available in red (AX-700R) or stainless (AX-700S) finishes for an MSRP of $1,399.99.

Over the Range Microwave Ovens (models R-1520LW/LK/LQ and R-1880LS): Sharp's latest Over the Range models offer sophisticated cooking options and excellent results with preprogrammed sensor settings that simplify meal preparation for busy consumers. The 1000-watt R-1520 features 1.5-cubic-feet of cooking space for added capacity when preparing multiple dishes. The stainless steel R-1880LS combines a four-way cooking system (microwave, convection, combination and broil) and offers 850 watts of cooking power for cooking versatility and savory results. Model R-1520L is available now in white (R-1520LW), black (R-1520LK) and bisque (R-1520LQ) for an MSRP of $269.99. Model R-1880LS will be available in May for an MSRP of $699.99.

High Speed Oven (model R-90GC): Sharp's R-90GC High Speed Oven dramatically reduces cooking time so that consumers can spend less time in the kitchen preparing delicious meals. With a 2,900-watt advanced hot-air circulation system and pre-programmed settings to automatically cook more than 200 foods and recipes, the R-90GC is ideal for busy families and "on-the-go" homeowners. Model R-90GC is available now for an MSRP of $1,299.99.

Plasmacluster Air Purifiers (models FP-N25CX, FP-N40CX and FP-N60CX): Sharp's Plasmacluster air purifiers feature Sharp's proprietary Plasmacluster system that releases positive and negative ions into the air. They clean the air of odors, airborne irritants and allergens, such as smoke, pollen or pet dander. Simple to use and maintain, the air purifiers feature a sleek design that complements virtually any home decor. The FP-N25CX, FP-N40CX and FP-N60CX are currently available for MSRPs of $299.95, $449.95 and $549.95, respectively.

Portable Air Conditioner (model CV-P09LX): The powerful CV-P09LX expands Sharp's air conditioner offerings beyond fixed window units. It features a stylish design, robust cooling capabilities and ultra-quiet operation that will integrate seamlessly into any room in the house. The CV-P09LX portable air conditioner is available for an MSRP of $699.99.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multifunctional office solutions, solar energy and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS(R) Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit(TM) digital audio products, SharpVision(R) projection products, Carousel(R) microwaves, IMAGER(TM) digital multifunctional systems, and Notevision(R) multimedia projectors. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.
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