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APC AV Expands Surge Protection Line for Home Theaters

Energy efficiency and unique features combine with “best-in-class� protection

DENVER– September 4, 2008 – APC, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced an additional line of surge protectors to the APC AV product family. The APC Audio-Video Surge Protector® is designed to protect valuable home theater components such as flat panel TVs and surround sound systems from damaging power transients such as surges and spikes. All APC Audio-Video Surge Protectors feature AC and video line surge protection while complying with UL1449 2nd Edition standards. The power-saving P8VNTG model also offers “master/controlled� outlets that can automatically cut power to unused equipment, thereby reducing utility costs and energy.

“APC’s new line of AV surge protectors are proof of APC’s commitment to offering our customers energy efficiency and cost savings,� says Dave Johnson, senior vice president, Home & Business Networks, APC. “These new and unique solutions provide users ultimate home theater protection at an affordable price.�

The APC Audio-Video Surge Protector line offers four new models. The P4V and P6V are wall-tap units that are ideal for those wishing to avoid cord clutter. The P4V features two surge-protected outlets on each side, for a total of four outlets. The P6V is illuminated for safe connection of components in dark rooms and features three surge-protected outlets on each side of the unit for a total of six outlets.

The P8V features eight surge-protected outlets on the top of the unit. The P8V’s slim design allows users to arrange AV furniture close to a wall without a large gap or on a shelf so that status indicators are visible and cords are dressed toward the back of the entertainment center. The P8VNTG is similar in design and function as the P8V, but also offers illuminated outlets. Additionally, the product features SmartShedding™ Technology which allows the product’s master outlet to sense when the computer has either been turned off or has gone into sleep mode, so it can shut off power to unused peripherals plugged into the controlled outlets – saving consumers power and money. Since products’ standby power levels vary from one component to another, users can program the P8VNTG to know when a particular device is in standby mode or off with the push of a button. This Smart Power Tracking feature makes this surge protector compatible with any system. This power-saving “master/controlled� outlet feature can be reprogrammed at any time or can be disabled altogether, if desired.

The APC Audio-Video Surge Protector joins APC’s award-winning line of power protection solutions specifically designed for the custom home theater installation market including the APC AV S Type Power Conditioners with Battery Backup, H Type Power Conditioners, and C Type Power Filters.

Available late 2008, the new APC Audio-Video Surge Protector line (P4V, P6V, P8V, and P8VNGT) carries estimated retail prices of $39.99 to $89.99 and come standard with APC’s Lifetime Warranty and Equipment Protection Policy, which covers properly connected equipment up to $150,000 (see policy for details). APC will exhibit this and its other APC AV products at CEDIA 2008 from September 3-7, 2008 in booth 953. For more information about APC and its other innovative AV power protection solutions, please call 800-877-4080, or visit APC AV’s Web site at www.apcav.com.

About APC

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2007 revenue of $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC’s InfraStruXure® architecture, the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 120,000 employees and operations in 102 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit www.apc.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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