Planar Ships Commercial-grade Direct-view LCDs for Control Room and Digital Signage Applications

16 12 2007

Planar Systems announced availability of two commercial-grade direct-view LCDs, the Planar m40L and Planar m46L, for control room and digital signage applications. Aligning with the company’s strategy to deliver value-added display solutions that combine superior image quality with long-term reliability, these commercial-grade offerings are engineered to overcome technical challenges typically associated with operating 24×7 installations in public areas.

With features including built-in power management and automation, an intelligent light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlight and an optional protective front faceplate, the m40L and m46L are ideal for control room installations in the government/military, broadcast, utilities, and transportation markets as well as digital signage applications across the globe. Compared to commodity displays, Planar’s m-Series displays are specifically suited to withstand intense ambient conditions in these demanding environments, ultimately enabling a lower cost of ownership.

“System integrators and audiovisual dealers understand that customers in these environments must be confident their monitors will display clear, professional images and perform 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Kristina K. Gorriaran, vice president and general manager for Planar’s Control Room & Signage Business Unit, formerly Clarity Visual Systems. “Using commercial-grade LCDs and components, Planar’s system provides a high degree of security and performance, ensuring longer-term value over other consumer flatpanel displays often used for these demanding applications.”

The m40L’s narrow 0.6in. bezel, wall-mountable and built-in tiling capabilities, and exceptional color and brightness (700 nit) make it ideal for digital signage applications in public environments, either as a stand-alone displays or tiled videowalls.

Planar’s large 46in. format, ultra-high native HD 1080p resolution (1920×1080) and multisource compatibility of the flatpanel m46L make it particularly suitable for broadcast master control rooms, where space constraints are a typical concern.

First demonstrated at InfoComm in June, the m40L and m46L are the latest additions to the m-Series line, which currently includes the 57in. m57L. The entire m-Series line offers advantages such as resistance to image quality degradation, higher brightness and broad source compatibility not found on most consumer displays.

Additional Planar m40L/m46L features:

  • m40L: WXGA native resolution (1366×768)
  • m46L: HD 1080p resolution (1920×1080)
  • 1200:1 contrast ratio
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • Built-in tiling (Planar’s Big Picture) and mullion compensation for applications requiring multiple, tiled displays
  • Configurable I/O – standard video inputs, graphics and SDI to enable integrators to optimize display features
  • Backlight control for longer life (50,000 hours to 1/2 brightness)
  • Built-in power on/off, source switching
  • Landscape/portrait orientation for multiple uses
  • VESA standard mounting points for use with any conforming stand or mount

Manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP) for the m40L starts at $3,750, with MSRP for the m46L beginning at $6,050. Planar’s Monitor-Series displays are now available through its network of control room system integrators and audiovisual dealers worldwide.

via [press release]




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