Digital Projection Market Leader Leverages Icron’s USB Extension Technology to Enhance Ease of Use and Connectivity Options
WILSONVILLE, Ore., and BURNABY, B.C., March 3, 2009 – InFocus® Corporation (NASDAQ: INFS), the industry pioneer in digital projection technology, today announced that it has partnered with Icron Technologies (TSX Venture: IT), the leading provider of USB extension solutions, to enhance consumers connectivity options for InFocus’ DisplayLink™-enabled projectors. DisplayLink™ is a key ease-of-use feature for InFocus projectors, allowing users to “plug and project” from their PC or MAC via a single USB cable in seconds, eliminating the need for toggling, bulky VGA cables or adaptors. The new InFocus DisplayLink™ Extender modules allow InFocus’ DisplayLink™-enabled projectors to be installed up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the PC or MAC computer source—making it a perfect solution for any application that requires lengthy cable solutions such as large meeting rooms, classrooms, or auditoriums.
The partnership enables InFocus to leverage Icron’s long-standing experience in USB extension to bring a proven, reliable product to market quickly. The InFocus and Icron engineering teams collaborated to support the unique requirements of the DisplayLink™ projectors, including meeting the bandwidth intensive requirements of transmitting content via USB 2.0 over long distances using standard Cat 5e cabling. The DisplayLink™ Extender requires no additional software drivers or external power adapters, making installation and set up easy. InFocus’ IN3100 projector series with DisplayLink™ can be connected up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer, with no degradation in image quality or performance.
“The close collaboration of the InFocus and Icron development teams has enabled us to quickly bring to market a convenient and flexible long-reach connectivity solution for our DisplayLink™ featured projectors—making the benefits of expanded visual workspace available to everyone,” stated David Woolf, InFocus’ Vice President of Global Marketing.
Using ExtremeUSB®, Icron’s patented USB 2.0 extension technology, InFocus’ DisplayLink™ Extender enables flexible, long reach PC to Projector installations while maintaining the ease of use and simplicity of USB, paired with the cost effectiveness of standard Cat 5e cabling.
“Icron is pleased to be partnering with InFocus, a world leader in video display technology,” noted Brian Donnelly, Icron’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The ExtremeUSB platform provides InFocus with an innovative value-added USB extension solution that increases the ease and flexibility in how InFocus customers can install and use their projection products,” he added.
Sold as an accessory, InFocus’ DisplayLink™ Extenders (click link for details – http://www.infocus.com/Accessories/Cable/SP_DOUSB_EXTENDER.aspx) will be available for purchase in March 2009 through authorized InFocus dealers. Pricing information is available upon request. For more information about InFocus series of projectors with DisplayLink™ USB connectivity and the DisplayLink™ Extenders, please visit www.infocus.com.
About InFocus Corporation
InFocus is the industry pioneer and a global leader in the digital projection market. The company’s digital projectors make bright ideas brilliant everywhere people gather to communicate and be entertained – in meetings, presentations, classrooms and living rooms around the world. Backed by more than 20 years of experience and innovation in digital projections, and over 245 patents, InFocus is dedicated to setting the industry standard for large format visual display. The company is based in Wilsonville, Oregon with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. InFocus is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol INFS. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.infocus.com.
About Icron Technologies Corp.
Icron Technologies is a visionary leader in high performance USB bridging and extension solutions for commercial and industrial markets worldwide. Icron’s USB extension and bridging products are deployed in a wide range of applications including: digital home connectivity, industrial automation, medical imaging, aerospace, and KVM extension. Icron’s patented ExtremeUSB® technology extends the range of USB 1.1 / 2.0 over Cat 5e, Wireless, Fiber, Powerline, Coax and Phone lines, at distances of up to 25 miles (40 km). ExtremeUSB technology is available in a variety of formats including technology licenses, OEM modules, developer kits, as well as branded and private-label products.
Icron is a publicly traded corporation and trades under the symbol “IT” on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.icron.com.
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