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WOBURN, MA, 01/23/06 / MARKET WIRE/ -- Luminus Devices, Inc. today announced that it's new PhlatLight(TM) chipset is the light source behind Samsung's HL-S5679W 56-inch rear projection television (RPTV), which won the prestigious CNET Best of 2006 Award in the TV category at last week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. PhlatLight, based on Luminus' photonic lattice technology, was designed from the ground up to meet the requirements of microdisplay illumination. PhlatLight chipsets are the only commercially available solid state light sources that can deliver enough high-quality brightness to illuminate large screen RPTVs.
"Samsung is continuously looking to align our brand with key innovations and technology to incorporate in our award-winning product line," said Dan Schinasi, senior marketing manager for projection TV at Samsung Electronics America. "We are proud to work with Luminus and their PhlatLight technology to help Samsung deliver a new level of system performance and benefits to our customers."
Samsung is expected to launch the HL-S5679W, the company's first DLP-based rear-projection TV illuminated with a solid state light source, in May 2006. The television will be initially sold through specialty retailers such as Tweeter, Best Buy/Magnolia and Sound Advice.
"PhlatLight technology is forging new ground in microdisplay illumination by enabling TV manufacturers to create a new class of television using our advanced solid state light source," said Udi Meirav, CEO of Luminus Devices, Inc. "We are proud that a worldwide leader like Samsung is using our PhlatLight technology to deliver a superior viewing experience to consumers."
The HL-S5679W operates for a longer period of time than previously designed light engine-based rear projection TV sets. The LED light sourced DLP RPTV provides natural color, with an improved color gamut versus traditional CRT televisions. Featuring full high definition 1920 x 1080p resolution and Samsung's Cinema Smooth(TM) light engine with Texas Instruments(TM) DLP technology, the HL-S5679W displays picture with breathtaking clarity and vividness. Two 1080p HDMI inputs that are compatible with the latest 1080p source content provide plug and play connectivity for digital devices. The black glossy finish and integrated ATSC and NTSC tuner ensure that the HL-S5679W will be an elegant addition to any living room, and the Cable Card feature allows the TV to be used without a cable box.