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Furman’s P-8 PRO II and AC-215A Help Bring ’21st Century Makeover’ to Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley

Furman’s P-8 PRO II and AC-215A Help Bring ’21st Century Makeover’ to Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley

PETALUMA, Calif. — Feb. 9, 2011 — Computers are one of humankind’s greatest technologies. When visiting a museum celebrating their history, the last thing a person wants to see is a malfunctioning multimedia exhibit. Despite its vast exhibit space, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., simply has no room for the irony. That’s why the exhibit technology team at Bowen Technovation chose Furman’s P-8 PRO II and AC-215A power conditioners to protect sensitive components in the museum’s control room equipment racks and to ensure optimal performance from flat-panel displays, touch screens, and projectors throughout the museum’s multimedia exhibits.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Computer History Museum is home to one of the world’s largest international collections of computing artifacts. In January, the museum completed its “21st century makeover.” The two-year $19 million project includes a newly renovated building, the centerpiece of which is the exhibit “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” The new exhibit includes 100 multimedia stations incorporating flat-panel displays, touch screens, and projectors. In addition, the museum’s control room features 12 44U equipment racks housing a wide range of components, from media players and computers to amplifiers and Cat 5 extenders.

“Power protection was vital to this installation. This is a very high-profile museum in a high-tech location, so equipment failure or poor performance is not an option. In addition, as the museum is located in California, rolling brownouts and blackouts are a concern,” said Brian Norris, designer for Bowen Technovation, an Indianapolis-based provider of A/V, lighting, control, and production solutions. “To protect the equipment from damaging power irregularities while enhancing audio and video performance for visitors, we chose two different Furman products. For the equipment racks, we utilized 22 P-8 PRO II power conditioners, and 110 AC-215A compact power conditioners are protecting equipment in the exhibit spaces.”

The 20A P-8 PRO II power conditioner offers eight rear-panel outlets and one front-panel outlet, zero ground contamination circuitry for the delivery of pure AC, and a BNC connector on the rear panel for the connection of any standard gooseneck lamp. The unit features Furman’s proprietary Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) for comprehensive, non-sacrificial surge/spike protection; Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) to reduce AC line noise; and Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) to protect equipment from dangerous extreme voltage conditions.

The AC-215A comes in a compact 1.75-inch by 5-inch by 8.5-inch design and weighs only three pounds. The unit’s low-profile design makes it ideal for mounting to the back of a flat-screen television, or anywhere that discretely located remote power protection and purification are needed. In addition to SMP and LiFT, the AC-215A features Auto-Reset EVS circuitry to detect dangerous voltage irregularities and safely power down itself and connected equipment in unsafe conditions.

“Although this installation was in a newer building with an upgraded electrical system, you never want to take a chance on power protection,” added Norris. “We chose Furman solutions because of our past experiences with their products, and we knew that we could count on their rock-solid designs. Furman has again met all of our expectations and provided flawless performance for our client.”

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About the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Calif. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and it is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images.

The museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, and physical exhibitions. Now at the museum, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing” is a technological wonderland that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds, and stories of the computer revolution. Other physical exhibits include “Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2″ and “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess.”

More information and updates are available by phone at (650) 810-1010, online at www.computerhistory.org, on Facebook, and by following @computerhistory on Twitter.

About Bowen Technovation
Bowen Technovation was founded in 1985 as one of the nation’s first producers of high-end computer-assisted sound design and music scores for TV, radio, corporate, and lots of documentary/educational work. Through the late 1980s and at the request of clients, the company became a leading-edge designer and installer of high-end audio, video, control, and lighting systems for museums, science centers, planetariums, and IMAX theaters. Bowen Technovation is highly respected internationally by manufacturers, architects, exhibit designers, facilities managers, and CEOs. More information is available at www.bowentechnovation.com.

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About Furman
Furman has been an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. As part of Panamax LLC, Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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