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NEC Intros 42-Inch Progressive Scan Monitor

Company also outlines HLO distribution strategy By Dave Nagel
NEC today introduced its new 42-inch plasma display. The company says the PlasmaSync 42MP4 is is most advanced system to date and is the first 42-inch plasma monitor with progressive scan and XGA-native (1,024 x 768) resolution. The company has also outlined its strategy for distributing its high light output (HLO) projectors.

The 42MP4 features NEC's Capsulated Color Filter and AccuCrimson technologies, which are both designed to enhance color reproduction. It also includes NEC's Advanced Accublend scan conversion for reproducing images at non-native resolutions. Other features include:

  • Digital Zoom, which lets users enlarge any portion of the screen up to three times;
  • Built-in stereo audio;
  • A wide variety of standard inputs and computer, video and HDTV source compatibility;
  • AccuShield Phosphor Protection System (for minimizing phosphor burn);
  • An RS232 serial control port.

The PlasmaSync 42MP4 will ship this summer for $9,995.

On the projector front, NEC has outlined its new strategy for distributing its high light output projectors. The goal is to broaden access to its Nighthawk large-venue projectors and TriDigital high-definition reference projectors. NEC has already begun the certification training required to make Visual Solutions Incorporated the first authorized distributor, with several other companies expected to follow suit in the coming months. Resellers unable to qualify for certification training will still be able to purchase Nighthawk products from Authorized Distributors.

The TriDigital projectors, in the past, were sold directly to theater venues, movie studios and post facilities. The Nighthawk family includes six models: three XGA-native projectors and three SXGA-native projectors. For information on all of these, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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