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Digital Signage Modules do not require PC for operation. .

Press Release Summary:

March 5, 2012 - Targeting digital signage players that do not have PC unit to display digital signage content, LR0G951 and LR0G952 modules integrate main circuit board, remote controller receiver board, and remote controller. Main board eliminates need for PC and has dedicated graphics engine that enables animation effects with full-HD still images displayed as motion images. Also, modules are equipped with functions that let user edit content displayed on digital sign using only remote controller.

Original Press Release

Sharp Develops and Will Introduce Modules for Digital Signage Players

Press release date: February 24, 2012

Osaka -- Sharp Corporation has developed the LR0G951 and LR0G952 modules for digital signage players that do not have a PC unit to display digital signage content. These new modules, which integrate the main features of a digital signage player on one main circuit board, will allow manufacturers to develop and commercialize standalone devices in the shortest time possible. Each module consists of a main circuit board, a remote controller receiver board, and a remote controller. The main circuit board incorporates Sharp's newly developed dedicated graphics engine, which eliminates the need for the PC unit used in conventional digital signage systems. This "PC-free" design provides for simple, convenient operation that enables power to be turned on and off without having to start up or shut down a PC, while also reducing power consumption. The graphics engine also enables a variety of animation effects with full-HD still images displayed as motion images. In addition, these modules are equipped with functions that allow the user to easily edit the content displayed on a digital sign by using only the remote controller - an industry first. In a restaurant, for example, software bundled with the modules allows the user to create digital content such as menus and prices. Using just the remote controller, restaurant personnel can easily switch among the prepared content. Being able to update display content without using a PC broadens the range of applications for digital signage.
 Product name               Module for digital signage player Model                      LR0G951 and LR0G952 Sample price               50,000 yen (tax included) Sample shipments           February 28, 2012 Volume shipments           March 12, 2012 Monthly production         2,000 units
Major Features 1.Modular design enables manufacturers to develop and commercialize standalone PC-free digital signage players. 2.Eliminating the need for a PC unit makes operation simple and convenient and reduces power consumption (10 W). 3.Dedicated graphics engine enables display of full-HD still images as motion images. 4.Easy editing of display content using the remote controller - an industry first.
 Specifications

Model                      LR0G951 Output method              LVDS Output resolution          1920 x 1080 pixels (full-HD) Output colors              16 million Graphic rendering          Rendering functions - Sprite functions:  functions (dedicated       alpha blending, shading; enlargement/ graphics engine)           reduction; image inversion (up/down/left/                            right); rotation; trapezoid distortion;                             color conversion, mosaic, etc.  Sound                      16-bit 4-channel PCM/ADPCM Image output               LVDS x 1 (LCD model), or DVI x 2 (DVI model) Image input                RCA composite video x 1 (NTSC/PAL) Power consumption          10 W Audio output               2 channels External jacks             USB x 3, LAN x 1 Other                      Remote controller input (for dedicated                             remote controller), IR communication                             (IrSS) input Accessories                Software for creating display content    Model                      LR0G952 Output method              DVI Output resolution          1920 x 1080 pixels (full-HD) Output colors              16 million Graphic rendering          Rendering functions - Sprite functions:  functions (dedicated       alpha blending, shading; enlargement/ graphics engine)           reduction; image inversion (up/down/left/                            right); rotation; trapezoid distortion;                             color conversion, mosaic, etc.  Sound                      16-bit 4-channel PCM/ADPCM Image output               LVDS x 1 (LCD model), or DVI x 2 (DVI model) Image input                RCA composite video x 1 (NTSC/PAL) Power consumption          10 W Audio output               2 channels External jacks             USB x 3, LAN x 1 Other                      Remote controller input (for dedicated                             remote controller), IR communication                             (IrSS) input Accessories                Software for creating display content
About Sharp Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit www.sharp.co.jp .

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