Clarion's HMI Redefines the Meaning of "Human Machine Interface" in 2007


Products integrate audio, video and navigation into one interface

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 6 / -- Clarion Corporation of America (Clarion), a global leader of mobile electronics entertainment systems, expands on their exclusive HMI (Human Machine Interface) technology for 2007. Clarion's HMI products feature seamless connectivity to portable media and storage devices and allow the integration of audio, video, navigation and iPod connectivity into a single device.

"Clarion is committed to provide the utmost in mobile entertainment and HMI is Clarion's next generation of fully integrated products," said Matt Matsuda, president, Clarion Corporation of America. "With an advanced engineering and product planning team, we continue to offer cutting edge mobile entertainment. Our HMI technology offers simple interface solutions and easy to use operations."

The heart of Clarion HMI products includes the VRX775VD and the MAX675VD - complete multimedia navigation units with iPod interface. The VRX775VD evolves the capabilities of a DIN-sized source unit thanks to a motorized 7- inch folding LCD monitor. Clarion's advanced Human Machine Interface allows quick and intuitive control of the VRX775VD with touch screen panel. The unit is also iPod, Satellite Radio and navigation ready for the premier mobile entertainment system. With a 24-Bit D/A Converter and six-channel pre-amp output with 2-Zone control, the dash is now the control center for a mobile theater experience. The VRX775VD retails at $1099.99 MSRP.

The double-DIN MAX675VD multimedia system boasts a fully motorized 7-inch color widescreen LCD and features true 2-zone entertainment. With a dedicated iPod button, the MAX676VD offers full iPod control of music function and video playback. With touch-screen control the MAX675VD is Satellite Radio Ready and Navigation Ready. For a retail price of $1099.99 MSRP the MAX675VD is the perfect choice to be at the heart of any mobile entertainment system.

For 2007, Clarion introduces a hard disc drive navigation unit, the NAX970HD. For high-speed calculation and accurate search, the high-speed 30GB hard drive in the NAX970HD offers the utmost in navigation. As a world leader in the implementation of HMI into mobile entertainment devices, Clarion employed a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit to allow the NAX970HD to create high resolution full-motion 2D and 3D menus with large, intuitive, easy-to- read buttons. The NAX970HD can be used with either the MAX675VD or VRX775VD to realize a fully integrated Audio, Video and Navigation system from a single interface. The NAX907HD will retail for $1099.99 MSRP.

Clarion Introduces SLIDETRAK

Clarion takes HMI to yet another level with the introduction of SLIDETRAK. SLIDETRAK provides precise control of the key features on the head unit. A simple swipe of the fingertip easily adjusts the volume level up or down. In addition, SLIDETRAK maximizes the available space on the head unit's face to create a large easy to read display by incorporating the radio presets and CD track controls into the multi functional display. By sliding the display to either side, navigate through radio presets or select a favorite music track.

Clarion's HMI products offer the most for mobile entertainment including playback of audio and video formats, Bluetooth audio streaming and communication, USB connectivity, 5.1 digital surround sound mated with high- resolution LCD touch-screen monitors mated and an industry leading HDD navigation system. Clarion continues to re-define the meaning of HMI.

About Clarion:

Clarion Corporation of America has its headquarters in Cypress, California and is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Clarion Company Ltd., ranked among the top 100 Global OEM Suppliers by Automotive News. Clarion, an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940, is positioned as the number one independent car audio manufacturer. Clarion conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, communications and security products for the automotive and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 9,000 employees worldwide and 24 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at www.clarion.com

Source: Clarion Corporation of America

CONTACT: Angela Flynn of Clarion Corporation of America,
+1-248-991-3236, or aflynn@clarion.com

Web site: www.clarion.com/

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