Sharp introduces high-def LCDs with portrait and landscape modes
Sharp announced an upgrade to the company’s 45-inch professional LCD monitor. The new PN-455RU 45-inch monitor, on display at RSNA 2006 in Chicago, been designed to operate in both portrait and landscape mode.  To ensure reliable operation and backlight life, Sharp has optimized the internal cooling, air flow and backlight system for ideal use in portrait mode, the company said.

“Sharp recognizes the growing importance of providing large-format displays for use in both landscape and portrait mode for many different types of applications,” said John Becconsall, director, Professional Display Products, Sharp Commercial Markets Sales and Solutions Group. “This new monitor is designed for extended-use in portrait mode and offers superior image quality and improved compatibility, ensuring highest performance and reliability in a wider range of commercial applications.”

The PN-455P monitor with integrated protective acrylic overlay will also be upgraded to the company’s PN-455RUP, adding the option of portrait mode.

The PN-455RU monitor has a full 2MP 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with more than six million pixel elements for exceptionally accurate and precise image reproduction. With a streamlined black bezel, rugged rear metal enclosure and dual cooling fans for extended use applications, the monitor is built to perform in virtually any digital signage or information display setting.

Sharp also announced the U.S. general availability of its largest professional LCD monitor, the 65-inch model PN-655U. This monitor has a full 1920 x 1080 2MP high-definition (HD) resolution for accurate and precise image reproduction. The PN-655U monitor is ideal for use in diverse commercial settings such as digital signage, medical imaging, CAD/CAM and flight information displays, the company said.