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Casio Releases World's First* Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors
 February 26, 2010

Announced on January 6, 2010
Revised on February 26, 2010

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CASIO RELEASES WORLD’S FIRST* MERCURY-FREE HIGH-BRIGHTNESS PROJECTORS

New SuperSlim Projectors Feature Newly Developed Laser & LED Hybrid Light Source

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2010—Casio America, Inc., and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today announced that it has created a mercury-free laser & LED hybrid light source, capable of high-brightness projection for use in the next-generation projectors the company has developed under its “clean & green” concept. Casio is releasing a line of GREEN SLIM projectors with the new light source, introducing the world’s first* mercury-free high-brightness data projectors.

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Currently, high-pressure mercury lamps are used as the light source for data projectors capable of producing 2,000 or more lumens. Semiconductor light sources that do not contain environmentally harmful mercury such as Laser and LED offer promising light sources for next-generation DLP® projectors. Until now, however, they were only usable as light sources for small, low-lumen projectors because high-output sources capable of producing green light have not been possible for mass production.

Casio has changed all this by creating an original mercury-free hybrid light source capable of generating high brightness by combining a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED. Casio has achieved high output of green light, which has been considered difficult with conventional semiconductor light sources, by very efficiently converting blue laser light into green light, using the fluorescent element. The high-brightness light of 2,000 or more lumens was then attained by projecting blue laser light, green light converted from blue laser light with the element, and light emitted by a red LED through a DLP® chip onto the screen.

Use of the laser & LED hybrid light source makes Casio’s GREEN SLIM projectors the world’s first data projectors bright enough for projection in a well lit room without using a high-pressure mercury lamp. Usability features have also been greatly improved: the body, no bigger than the size of a standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper, is slim (1.7 inches) and lightweight (5 lbs).  Additional qualities include: the projector produces bright colors through upgraded color purity,  the light source has a life of approximately 20,000 hours, projection at maximum brightness is possible in a minimum of eight seconds and no cool down is needed when turning the projectors off.

“Casio is thrilled to introduce this entirely new lineup of eco-friendly Super Slim projectors,” said Toshiharu Okimuro, Chairman of Casio America, Inc.  “The advances we have made to provide superior brightness and energy-saving features make it the perfect tool for the road warrior, instructor, gamer and general consumer for home entertainment.”

GREEN SLIM Projectors will be available in a diverse lineup, including a model that can accommodate WXGA Real display at 1280 x 800 dots (16:10) and a model that can project without a PC and can communicate wirelessly with PCs.  These projectors will greatly broaden the possibilities for visual communication thanks to Casio’s advanced laser & LED hybrid light source, which will fundamentally change the status quo in projectors and provide enhanced features that make the projectors usable in diverse situations.

  • Laser & LED hybrid light source that enables mercury-free high-brightness projectors with high picture quality, long light source life, and quick powering on and off


  • Slim (1.7”) and light (5 lbs) highly portable (8.5” x 11) body


  • Wide-angle 2X optical zoom for use in diverse settings, ranging from small meeting spaces to large conference rooms


  • USB host function for projection without a PC and capability for wireless communication with PCs (XJ-A245/A235/A145/A135)

Model

Display
resolution

Brightness

USB Host Function
Wireless Communication with PCs

XJ-A245

WXGA Real
(1,280x800)

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A245 only

XJ-A240

XJ-A235

2000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A235 only

XJ-A230

XJ-A145

XGA Real
(1,024x768)

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A145 only

XJ-A140

XJ-A135

2000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A135 only

XJ-A130

XJ-A130

Casio will continue expanding its lineup by aggressively developing more products with the new laser & LED hybrid light source, including smaller projectors for individual use.

Main Features of Casio’s GREEN SLIM Projectors

  • Laser & LED hybrid light source that enables mercury-free, high-brightness projection
    High-brightness projection is achieved without using a high-pressure mercury lamp by using blue light emitted by a blue laser, green light converted from blue laser light with a fluorescent element, and light emitted by a high-lumen red LED through a DLP® chip onto the screen.

  • Standard paper-size, high-brightness projectors
    High-brightness projection is achieved at 2,000 or more ANSI lumens with a laser & LED hybrid light source in a slim (1.7”) and lightweight (5l lbs) standard paper-size body.  These projectors can be carried together with documents without being bulky and can project clear images even in brightly lit rooms.

  • Superior color reproducibility increases presentation impact
    The laser & LED hybrid light source greatly improves color purity compared to high-pressure mercury lamps. It enables the production of beautifully vivid colors and projects clear, powerful images with visual effects of high color purity.

  • Longer light source life
    Use of the laser & LED hybrid light source increases the light source life to approximately 20,000 hours-nearly 10 times that of Casio’s conventional products (XJ-S58, etc.) with a high-pressure mercury lamp-which means less maintenance and lower operating costs. Moreover, brightness deteriorates more slowly than with mercury lamps, so clear image quality can be maintained for a long time.

  • Quick powering on and off, an advantage for smooth presentations
    Projection at maximum brightness is possible in a minimum of eight seconds, and no cool down is needed when turning the projectors off. Thus, limited presentation time can be utilized effectively by enabling a smooth presentation flow from set-up to clean-up.

  • Wide-angle 2X optical zoom gives users freedom of projector setup
    These models come with a wide-angle 2X zoom lens (lens with a two times shorter focal distance) that provides the greatest magnification* of any data projector. They are also equipped with a feature that automatically corrects vertical distortion of the display due to projector position, enabling effective use in diverse settings ranging from small meeting spaces to large conference rooms and classrooms.

  • HDMI terminal
    These models are equipped with an HDMI terminal that can transmit digital audio/video with only one cable. It enables AV devices and PCs also equipped with an HDMI terminal to be easily connected to the projectors, which can then project the contents with no loss of quality.

  • Wide picture in real display (XJ-A245/A240/A235/A230)
    Able to accommodate WXGA Real display at 1280 x 800 dots (16:10), these models can display wide presentation materials and images in real size.

  • Wireless communication with PCs (XJ-A245/A235/A145/A135)
    These models can communicate wirelessly (IEEE 802.11b/g) with up to four Windows® PCs, enabling meetings in which multiple PCs are brought together and presentations that can be conducted easily and remotely from a location away from the projector.

  • USB 2.0 host function enables presentations without a PC (XJ- A245/A235/A145/A135)
    These models can project presentations, spreadsheets, word-processor documents, PDF files and other data* prepared on a PC, still images (JPEG/BMP), and moving images (AVI format: Motion JPEG) all without a PC just by using commercially available USB memory. They can also be connected directly to the Multiprojection Camera YC-430, which can project non-digitized information and even three-dimensional objects onto the screen.

  • The projectors can also be fixed to the ceiling with separately sold metal ceiling-mount fittings.

* As of January 6, 2010. According to a Casio survey.
* Requires conversion with included PC software.

Specifications

Model

XJ-A245

XJ-A240

XJ-A235

XJ-A230

XJ-A145

XJ-A140

XJ-A135

XJ-A130

Brightness *1

2500 ANSI lumens

2000 ANSI lumens

2500 ANSI lumens

2000 ANSI lumens

Contrast Ratio

1800:1

Estimated Life of Light Source

Up to 20,000 hours

Keystone Correction

+30° (auto) ±30° (manual)

Focusing

Manual power focus

Projection Lens

2X optical power zoom lens

Projection Screen Size

18~300-inch

15~300-inch

Projection Range

60-inch Screen

1.4m~2.8m

1.7m~3.4m

100-inch Screen

2.4m~4.8m

2.8m~5.6m

Minimum Range

0.84m

Projection System

DLP® system

Display Element

WXGA 0.65-inch DLP® chip
1,024,000 pixels (1,280×800)

XGA 0.55-inch DLP® chip
786,432 pixels (1,024×768)

Color Reproduction

Full color (16.77 million colors)

RGB Input

Display Resolution

WXGA Real (1,280×800),
Compressed: Maximum UXGA (1,600×1,200)

XGA Real (1,024×768),
Compressed: Maximum UXGA (1,600×1,200)

Input Terminal

RGB mini D-Sub 15 pin×1 (Also serves as YCbCr/YPbPr input terminal)

Digital Input

Input Terminal

HDMI Type A×1 (480P~1080P)

Video Input

Signal Systems

NTSC/PAL/PAL-N/PAL-M/PAL60/SECAM

Input Terminal

Composite: AV terminal (3.5mm mini-jack) (Also serves as audio terminal)
Component: Also serves as RGB mini D-Sub 15 pin.

Audio

Input-output Terminal

3.5mm mini-jack x 1
(Also serves as video input terminal)

Speaker

1W monaural

Other Terminals

USB (2.0-compliant)

TypeA ×1

TypeA ×1

TypeA ×1

TypeA ×1

Control Terminal

RS-232C x 1 (Separately-sold YK-5 serial conversion cable required for connection)

Wireless Compatibility

I EEE 802 .11 b /g *2

I EEE 802 .11 b /g *2

I EEE 802 .11 b /g *2

I EEE 802 .11 b /g *2

Power Source

AC100~240V, 50/60Hz

Power Consumption

Operating: 190W (Eco mode-on level 1) / Standby: 1W or less

Dimensions (W×H×D)

11.7” x 1.7” x 8.3” (including projections)

Weight

5 lbs.

Remote Control

Wireless remote controller

Security Compatibility

Kensington-compatible, Power-on password

Other Functions

Direct power-on, Direct power-off, Digital zoom (2X), Rear-projection, Freeze, Pointer, Color mode, Eco mode, Blank, Ceiling mount *3

Included Accessories

Wireless remote controller / AC power cord / RGB cable /Special AV cable /
Instruction manual (on CD-ROM) / Quick reference / Warranty card / Soft case

Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice

*1 When Eco mode-off level 1.
*2 A wireless module that attaches to a dedicated terminal inside the main unit is supplied.
*3 Metal ceiling-mount fittings required. Installation work charged separately.

  • DLP is registered trademark of Texas Instruments of the United States. Digital Light Processing is a trademark of Texas Instruments of the United States.

  • Windows is registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation of the United States within the United States and/or other countries.

  • XGA is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation of the United States.

  • High-Definition Multimedia Interface is trademark or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC.

  • Other company and product names are generally registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com or www.greenslimprojector.com.

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Casio Releases World's First* Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors
 January 6, 2010

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Revised on February 26th, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GREEN SLIM PROJECTOR LINEUP CHANGE

We would like to announce changes being made in the product lineup of our company’s new GREEN SLIM Projectors, which we introduced on January 6, 2010 during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this time, we will not be launching the GREEN SLIM 3000 lumen projector models (XJ-A255/A250/A155/A150). Please note the new GREEN SLIM lineup:

Lineup as of January 6th

Model

Display resolution

Brightness

USB Host Function & Wireless Communication with PCs

XJ-A255

WXGA Real (1,280×800)

3000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A255 only

XJ-A250

XJ-A245

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A245 only

XJ-A240

XJ-A155

XGA Real(1,024×768)

3000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A155 only

XJ-A150

XJ-A145

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A145 only

XJ-A140

XJ-A130

2000 ANSI lumens

-

New lineup

Model

Display resolution

Brightness

USB Host Function & Wireless Communication with PCs

XJ-A245

WXGA Real

(1,280×800)

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A245 only

XJ-A240

XJ-A235

2000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A235 only

XJ-A230

XJ-A145

XGA Real

(1,024×768)

2500 ANSI lumens

XJ-A145 only

XJ-A140

XJ-A135

2000 ANSI lumens

XJ-A135 only

XJ-A130

Casio sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the lineup change.

For more information about the newest GREEN SLIM projector models,
please visit Green Slim Projector Website.

We noted the changes in the GREEN SLIM Projectors lineup below:

Revised News: Casio Releases World’s First* Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors