February 28, 2008 Samsung has expanded its line of digital signage solutions with the massive 82in SyncMaster 820DXn and NEC has unveiled a new 52-inch HD LCD based on a professional-grade panel.

Featuring a new Digital Information Display (DID) panel designed to lower the temperature of the display, the Samsung 820DXn is designed for corporate and commercial digital signage applications including airports, retail locations and other indoor venues, and Samsung says it can support even the most rigorous of commercial applications.

The 820DXn uses built-in fans to keep temperatures low and the DID helps to extend the life of the unit. A built-in computer creates an all in one solution allowing users to drive content to the display without a separate machine. Users can also control content across several displays using a single computer, eliminating the need for a dedicated PC for each display. The computer in the 820DXn features an AMD Athlon64 X2 3400+, 1.8 GHz dual core processor, 4 GB of flash storage memory, 512 MB DDR2 RAM, ATI Chip set with a Win XPe operating system.

Image quality specs include a 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ultra-high brightness levels and 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, in addition to third-generation DNIe PRO image enhancement technology for more natural colors, richer contrast and finer details. The unit is designed to deliver clear, precise imagery in even the brightest of environments. The 82-inch display also incorporates a 178/178-degree viewing angle achieved via Samsung’s proprietary Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (S-PVA) for an improved user viewing experience. Currently available for a lazy US$76,999, the 820DXn is not designed or priced to end up in your lounge room any time soon.

Meanwhile, over at NEC, a new 52in, HD LCD has been released. Based on a professional-grade panel, the MultiSync LCD5220 is a full high-definition, wide-screen display designed for a variety of digital signage applications, corporate boardrooms and education venues. The new LCD5220 offers improved contrast, color and brightness to overcome sunlit and bright environments, and supports the 1080p HD standard. Its SpectraView _II color calibration kit ensures color uniformity and fidelity across individual and multiple screens, creating a perfectly matched image in tiled environments. The ultra-thin bezel (19mm/0.7in) also allows a more seamless picture when used in multiple-display, video-wall implementations.

The LCD5220 employs a U-shaped backlight system, leveraging fluorescent bulbs for even heat distribution and uniform brightness. In addition, the display boasts a sealed cabinet design, ideal for digital signage environments that are exposed to a variety of contaminants, such as dust, smoke and grease. The US$8,149.99 MultiSync LCD5220 will be available from April 2008.

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