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ViewSonic airpanel V150 wins the 2003 American Business Award for best new product.

ViewSonic Corp. has announced that its airpanel V150 Smart Display has won the 2003 "Stevie" Award for Best New Product in the first-ever American Business Awards on last Wednesday night. The airpanel V150 was praised for its ability to liberate people from the confines of desktop computing by allowing them to experience always-on, anytime connectivity to a PC from anywhere in the home.

Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars" by the New York Post (September 22, 2002), the American Business Awards are the first national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace. In winning the Stevie, ViewSonic beat out other finalists including Burger King, Xerox Corp., Siemens and MadWaves USA.

With a bright, bold 15" screen and full mobile capabilities, the airpanel V150 provides consumers the freedom to compute remotely by accessing all the data on their Windows XP Professional home PCs from virtually anywhere in their homes. The airpanel V150 includes integrated wireless 802.11 Wi-Fi technology, a USB wireless adapter solution and an upgrade to the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system and is currently available for $999 at leading online and storefront retailers.

"ViewSonic understands that today's consumers are seeking versatility along with flexibility and our airpanel V150 offers both by providing the ability to access their desktop PC when, where and how they want," said James Chu, president and CEO, ViewSonic. "This award validates our company vision to deliver the next wave of change in technology-where people use displays as the focal point for accessing and controlling both information and entertainment as part of a display-centric lifestyle."

Chu was named a finalist in the Best Executive category of the Stevie Awards. Almost 500 nominations from companies of all sizes, and in virtually every industry, were submitted for consideration in additional categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Salesperson, and Best Corporate Web Site.

Members of the American Business Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs selected Stevie winners. The Board includes business luminaries such as Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes, Bruce Nelson, chairman & CEO of Office Depot, marketing gurus Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Anthony Robbins, chairman & CEO of The Anthony Robbins Companies, Drew Schutte, publisher of Wired Magazine, Jeffrey Tarr, chairman & CEO of Hoover's Inc., and Donald Trump, chairman, president and CEO of The Trump Organization. Finalists were selected by business professionals nationwide during February and March.

"With the Stevie Awards, business people now have the opportunity to win the same sort of positive attention that up till now only entertainment celebrities could get," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards, the organization that runs The American Business Awards. "Tonight we took a giant leap forward in recognizing companies and the people who work for them for their positive efforts, accomplishments, and contributions to their communities."

ViewSonic Corp., a Visual Technologies leader, offers comprehensive display solutions for today's business, Internet, education and entertainment markets. The company's products have won more than 1,000 awards globally from independent publications and organizations.

Headquartered in Walnut, Calif., ViewSonic was founded in 1987 and is a privately held corporation.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 5, 2003
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