Apple Unveils New 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60 percent more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is an ideal companion for the MacBook® family or a Mac® desktop, and is available for $999.

“With built-in MagSafe charging, iSight camera, speakers, and USB ports, the LED Cinema Display is ideal for MacBook and MacBook Pro users,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With its massive 2560 x 1440 resolution, the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display is a perfect fit with our powerful new Mac Pro, and it gives iMac users an easy way to double their screen real estate.”

The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge that makes tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.

Designed as a companion for any Mac notebook or desktop, the 27-inch display includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, an integrated MagSafe charger to keep Mac notebooks charged, built-in Mini DisplayPort connectivity for video and audio input and a powered three-port USB 2.0 hub so customers can charge their iPhone® or iPod® even when they take their MacBook with them. Read the rest of this entry »


Panasonic  marked the formal introduction of the highly anticipated Panasonic TH-152UX1 152-inch, 4K x 2K (4096 x 2160) resolution Full HD 3D plasma display, the world’s largest 1.  Equivalent to nine 50-inch screens, this stunning 17:9 display will immerse spectators in life-like, three-dimensional images and can illustrate even oversized products with life-size views.

Panasonic Solutions Company is also announcing the TH-103VX200U and TH-85VX200U, 3D versions of its premium 103-inch and 85-inch plasma displays. These products will ship in December 2010, at suggested list prices of $65,000 and $45,000, respectively. The TH-152UX1 is targeted to be available in January 2011.

Ideal for a broad spectrum of cutting-edge applications, the three new Full HD 3D large-format plasmas are designed for utilization in corporate environments (e.g., for 3D CAD proposals, where life-sized 3D simulations could improve design accuracy and flexibility); in commercial applications (e.g., car showrooms or real estate offices for virtual-reality customer demos); healthcare (where the ultra-large panels and Full-HD display performance could be used to supply high-level medical solutions in advanced healthcare environments and teaching hospitals); in home theatres and screening rooms; for digital signage in public facilities; in education and in entertainment staging.

Several breakthrough technologies enable the 3D displays’ Full-HD images and even improve 2D performance. Panasonic’s 3D ultra high-speed drive technology and new motion prediction technology eliminate crosstalk (ghosting) between left and right images to produce super fine crisp images, and facilitate an overwhelming, near-infinite contrast ratio of 5,000,000:12, around twice the tone gradation of conventional models3, as well as excellent color reproduction.  A 30-bit Color Processing Engine provides super-accurate color reproduction and a color management system that features high-precision pixel conversion and color signal-processing technology, high definition broadcast-compliant color reproduction, and professional picture quality adjustment that allows the displays to be set up to suit their viewing environments perfectly. The result is studio monitor-like performance with reproduction of the detail and texture of the original images with near perfection. Read the rest of this entry »


DTU-2231 Direct Pen-on-screen Workflow Provides the Ultimate in Control, Efficiency and Productivity for Users of ESRI ArcGIS and Other Pen-centric Applications

Wacom®, the leading manufacturer of digital pen input devices, announced the introduction of its first full HD interactive pen display, the DTU-2231. With direct pen-on-screen input, the DTU-2231 is designed to optimize efficiency and productivity by allowing geophysicists, oil & gas experts, planners, engineers, cartographers and emergency responders to quickly and easily create original content, edit maps as well as manage, analyze and share geographic information.

“Our goal is to positively impact and elevate the way GIS professionals interact with their digital data, especially those working with ESRI applications,” said Wacom Senior Product Manager, Stan Ueno. “With excellent HD resolution and widescreen formatting, the DTU-2231 raises the bar for GIS professionals seeking enhanced navigation and control as well as higher levels of detail, accuracy and efficiency. This, combined with the vast array of other high-performance interactive pen display models offered by Wacom, provides GIS professionals unlimited options to improve mapping, design and red-lining processes.”

Featuring a 21.5″ widescreen LCD with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the DTU-2231 broadens GIS data across organizations and substantially reduces work cycle times. Institutions such as AMEC and Marin Municipal Water District have all combined Wacom interactive pen display technology with ESRI software to experience enhanced digital workflows which garner up to a 50 percent increase in production efficiencies. These immediate time-savings translate into a significant return on investment.

“ESRI has worked with Wacom to integrate their innovative interactive pen display technology with new software capabilities in ArcGIS 10,” said Eric Wittner, manager of the GeoDesign efforts at ESRI. “This integration will enable designers to quickly sketch directly on screen and evaluate the consequences of alternative design solutions. The availability of a user-friendly pen-based workflow facilitates decision making not only by technical experts, but puts the power back in the hands of the planner and decision maker, and even provides a platform to support public participation. The ability to then rapidly and easily share plans over the Web, with the general public, facilitates the democratization of decision making.”

Further features of the DTU-2231 include:

  • Cordless, Battery-free Pen: With 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, the pen provides a tip switch, two customizable side switches, an eraser switch and tether hole
  • Built-in USB Hub: With two user-accessible USB ports
  • Video Pass-thru: DVI-I (digital or analog) input, DVI-I output and video scaler
  • Completely Flat Work Surface: 16:9 aspect ratio and adjustable stand; the DTU-2231 additionally offers anti-reflective treatment

Competitively priced, the Wacom DTU-2231 (USD $1,899 MSRP) will be available for purchase in spring 2010.


World’s Largest Plasma Display to Enhance Broadcast Studio with Visuals of the Vancouver Winter Games, February 12-28, 2010

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in high definition technology and the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, has been selected to provide its 152-inch Plasma Display Panel to NBC during the network’s studio coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games from Vancouver, February 12-28. The announcement was made today by Randy Raddatz, Vice President, Sourcing and Production Logistics, NBC Olympics and Andrew Nelkin, President, Panasonic Professional Display Company.

According to the agreement, Panasonic will provide NBC with a 152-inch Plasma Display – the world’s largest Plasma Display – as well as technical and engineering support. The Plasma Display will be used in NBC’s Broadcast Studio providing high definition images from the competitions to enhance NBC’s studio coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

“As a worldwide Olympic partner, Panasonic is honored to be able to provide NBC with our 152-inch Plasma Display for their coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games,” said Nelkin. “Our 152-inch Plasma is the world’s largest Plasma Display Panel and is the perfect technology on which to show all of the exciting, fast-paced action and stunning imagery of the Olympic Winter Games.”

“Panasonic has clearly established themselves as the leader in large scale, quality plasma display panels,” said Raddatz. “NBC is pleased to work with a worldwide Olympic partner to help enhance our Vancouver studio. The 152-inch display is truly a world class technological achievement.”

Panasonic’s 152-inch Plasma Display features a revolutionary new display panel that Panasonic developed with its new super-efficient quadruple luminous efficiency. The 152-inch Plasma delivers dynamic, overwhelming image quality with an 8.84 million pixel resolution (2,160 x 4,096) — more than four times the 1080p HD specification (1,080 x 1,920) — also known as 2K x 4K. The ultra large panel has a screen size equivalent to nine 50-inch Plasma Displays with an effective viewing area of 11.2 feet (or 3.425 m) in width x 5.9 feet (or 1.805 m) in height. Featuring true-to-life color reproduction capability and quick response to moving images, the ultra-large Plasma display renders clear, crisp, spectacular images unrivalled by any other.

NBC Olympics

NBC has broadcast 11 Olympics, the most Olympics broadcast by any network. NBC surpassed ABC’s 10 Olympics with the 2008 Beijing Games, the most watched television event in U.S. history with 215 million viewers.

The 2010 Vancouver Games mark the sixth of an unprecedented seven consecutive Olympic broadcasts by NBC Sports. The impressive streak began with the 2000 Sydney Games and continues through the 2012 London Games. NBC has broadcast eight of the last 10 Olympic Games, both summer and winter; Vancouver will mark the ninth out of the last 11.


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