Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company recently announced the availability of the PT-L780NTU and PT-L750U portable, high-brightness XGA LCD projectors.

Weighing only 12 pounds, the new projectors incorporate three newly-developed .99” TFT Active Matrix Polysilicon LCD panels to deliver razor-sharp images, text and graphics for demanding computer and video applications in classrooms, lecture halls, corporate meeting rooms, auditoriums, church halls and retail venues.

The PT-L780NTU is Panasonic’s first portable projector to provide both wired and wireless network capability. By simply inserting an optional wireless PC LAN card, users can transmit data using the industry-leading Wireless Networking standard (IEEE 802.11b) from PC to the SD Memory Card in the PT-L780NTU for projection. The SD memory card is also invaluable for auto-run presentations.

In addition, all the PT-L780NTU’s setup parameters can be controlled remotely and status monitored via an internet browser menu, thereby providing users the freedom to mount the portable projector anywhere because cabling is eliminated. Each PT-L780NTU has an assigned IP address -- like your office printer -- for remote, individual control and enables a user to network multiple laptops to a single projector for collaborative team presentations. The unit comes standard with advanced “Wireless Manager” asset management and “Image Creator” control software, an IEEE 802.11b compliant wireless LAN card, and an 8 MB SD Memory Card to facilitate wireless operation.

The PT-L780NTU also features wired Local Area Network (LAN) capabilities. The projector can connect to an office’s LAN via a built-in 10Base-100Base-TX interface for easy communicate and control. The PT-L780NTU is also USB-ready and it can serve as a USB hub for daisy-chain connection of multiple devices.

“The network-enabled PT-L780NTU offers presenters greater efficiency and provides IT departments the ability to pro-actively manage their assets,” said Joseph Conti, Product Business Manager, LCD projectors, Panasonic Broadcast. “For example, a university can monitor and control any connected PT-L780NTU via its existing on- or off-campus LAN, and instructors can remotely access networked PT-L780NTUs to transmit class presentations anywhere in the world.”

The PT-L780NTU and PT-L750NT are high-brightness (3000 and 2500 lumens, respectively) displaying vibrant colors and bright, crisp images in true 1024 X 768 XGA/maximum UXGA resolution. For greater connection flexibility, the new projectors feature two RGB inputs, one of which doubles as a monitor loop-through output, as well as three video inputs.

The PT-L780NTU also offers a DVI interface for direct digital input of RGB signals, which doubles the number of gray shades that can be reproduced to 2,048, while also minimizing distortion and sync problems common in conventional analog data transfers. Both units offer sRGB compatibility to ensure proper color translation and representation.

Installation and integration are easy with powered zoom and focus, one-touch auto set-up, plus vertical and horizontal keystone correction to trim up any imperfect alignment of the projector to the screen. Lamp replacement is a snap via the back panel.

Both models are equipped with lens (with powered zoom/focus adjustment), and optional click-in type interchangeable lenses for short/long/extra-long throw ratios are available. With whisper-quiet operation (only 35dB), the projectors sport a rugged magnesium alloy casing and a sophisticated, unique design. The design includes a “cable basket” that covers the I/O terminals and provides the projectors with a lens centered, symmetric shape for installation convenience.

The projectors are HDTV-ready and can automatically synchronize to display 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i video in the 16:9 wide aspect ratio. The projectors’ 3D digital comb filter greatly improves screening quality from composite video sources, and a Digital Cinema Reality™ circuit greatly improves viewing quality from film-based video sources.

In addition, the units support most worldwide video standards, including NTSC, PAL and SECAM.

The PT-L780NTU and PT-L750U are available at suggested list prices of $7,499 and $6,499, respectively.

For more information on Panasonic LCD projectors, plasma displays and presentation systems, phone 1-800-528-8601 or find us on the web at www.panasonic.com/projectors.