Press Release Summary:
Wireless Monitor and Display Systems utilize industry standard 802.11a protocols and interface with any remote computer up to 100 ft away with connections provided through Advanced Encryption Standard. Video compression and protocol technology supports transmission of 24-bit color up to 30 frames/sec. Systems are suited for industrial process control/automation, medical, signage, financial, retail, and kiosk applications.
Original Press Release:
TFS to Market Wireless Monitors and Wireless Display Systems
TEMPE, ARIZ - January 26, 2004 - Three-Five Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TFS), a global provider of electronics manufacturing services and display solutions today announced plans to market wireless monitors and display systems. The wireless monitor products will be the first of their kind targeted at the industrial/medical marketplace and will use patent pending wireless technology developed by Avocent Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switching, remote access and serial connectivity solutions.
Wireless products provide significant benefits. Reduced installation costs result from the elimination of cabling, which has been traditionally required to physically connect the monitor to a particular computer device. Wireless products also allow greater flexibility in expanding existing systems. Increased flexibility is of particular benefit to the industrial marketplace where multimedia applications have historically been limited by complex, mandatory cabling.
TFS wireless monitors and display systems create a unique product offering since the monitors will embed the wireless capability directly into the monitor itself. This configuration allows customers to easily replace existing monitors or displays without adding wireless equipment. The design also allows for straightforward upgrades to existing TFS monitors. The new wireless monitors and displays will utilize industry standard 802.11a protocols and will interface with any remote computer up to 100 feet away with connections provided through Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a standard for secure transmission of audio and streaming video data. This wireless technology will also feature video compression and protocol technology that supports the transmission of 24-bit color up to 30 frames per second. TFS will target industrial process control/automation, medical, signage, financial, retail and kiosk applications with this technology.
"TFS has decades of experience in developing new display technologies. We are excited to be the first to introduce these next-generation displays to our current customers in the industrial and medical markets and we anticipate creating opportunities in other markets as well," said Jack Saltich, President and CEO of TFS. "We are pleased to be aligned with Avocent, and we look forward to strengthening our long-standing relationship by combining the Avocent wireless KVM technology with TFS's position in the industrial display market."
The industrial market for TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCD monitors and display systems - including kiosks, medical devices, and signage applications - is expected to reach almost $40 billion by the year 2007 according to the DisplaySearch USDC Worldwide FPD Growth Report Q3 '03.
"We have a long-standing relationship with TFS through its Redmond, Washington operation, and we are extremely pleased to see that relationship evolve into this new area," said John Cooper, President and CEO of Avocent Corporation. "We look forward to working together to pursue new opportunities for
wireless display solutions in this emerging marketplace."
TFS plans to have wireless TFT monitor demo units produced in Q1 2004 with a line of standard wireless monitors and industrial displays available later in the year.
TFS is a recognized leader in providing end-to-end engineering, electronics manufacturing, and display solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). TFS has a global footprint, with operations in the United States, Europe and in several locations in Asia offering engineering and electronics
manufacturing services (EMS), with a special emphasis and expertise in display subsystems. TFS' Web site is located at tfsc.comn.
Three-Five Systems, Inc. and the TFS logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TFS. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About Avocent Corporation
Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT) is the leading worldwide supplier of KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switching, remote access and serial connectivity solutions that provide IT managers with access and
control of multiple servers and network data center devices. Avocent's KVM solutions are distributed by the world's largest server manufacturers and installed in Fortune 100 companies around the world. For more details, visit www.avocent.com.