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Canon makes its own LCoS panels

Canon Realis SX80A company known for its imaging prowess, Canon was already making its own glass for AISYS optical systems that are found in its Realis line of LCoS projectors. But now Canon has taken another piece of the imaging puzzle in house: The panels themselves. The results of that move should hit the market soon after the show with two new Realis projectors, the WUX10 and the SX80.

The WUX10 is a WUXGA projector (1920×1200) with the native 16:10 aspect ratios found on most computers. Not only will it project the native resolution of 1080i HD video, but the WUX10 will also the desktops of the highest resolution computer monitors pixel-for-pixel. The projector offers 3200 lumens and a 1.5X powered zoom lens. At around $12,000 MSRP, the WUX10′s the target market is the higher-end corporate boardroom.

Also debuting at InfoComm 2008 is the SX80, an SXGA+ (1400×1050) companion to the WUX10. Similar specs: same zoom, same 3200 lumens. But with a much lower MSRP ($3,999) and a PictBridge feature that enables PC-free presentations via USB card — perhaps from a series of presenters — this model might find a home in classrooms as well as boardrooms.

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