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HP Announces High-definition TVs Featuring Wobulation Technology Now Shipping Nationwide

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 4, 2005
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HP today announced that its new microdisplay high-definition TVs, which incorporate HP's patented wobulation technology, as well as the company's new LCD and plasma HDTVs, are shipping to major U.S. electronics stores in time for the holidays.

HP's wobulation technology gives customers the highest resolution available for high-definition televisions (HDTVs) on the market. Wobulation doubles the addressable resolution on the TVs, making it easy to view both native and compressed high-definition content from any source. Because the technology supports the format and frame rates for all TV programming, movies or video, there is no limit to the kind of high-definition content viewers can enjoy.

"In most microdisplays, increasing resolution means adding more pixels, which can significantly increase the cost of the TV," said Jan-Luc Blakborn, director of digital entertainment - North America, HP. "Thanks to wobulation, consumers get a TV with stunning imagery, extraordinarily bright colors and deeper, darker blacks that's very affordably priced."

Wobulation is part of the broader set of innovative HP Visual Fidelity technologies built into all the company's televisions to offer customers photorealistic sharpness, rich colors, clarity and image definition not found anywhere else.

HP microdisplay TVs

Based on the Texas Instruments DLP™ chipset, HP microdisplay TVs, including 50-inch (MD5020n), two 58-inch (MD5820n and MD5880n) and 65-inch (MD6580n) models, offer several other innovations. For example, a first-of-its-kind lighted front connectivity panel allows virtually any piece of audio and video equipment - up to 10 in all - to be easily connected without moving the TV. Cables slide neatly through a channel under the TV and are hidden out of sight.

In addition, an intuitive on-screen menu shows thumbnail images of all input sources, eliminating the need to have to scroll through numerous inputs on the remote to find the right source. Four preset picture and four audio modes allow for fast, easy tuning. HP microdisplay TVs also feature an industry-leading 12,000:1 contrast ratio and a brighter lamp, so picture details emerge from dark or low-light scenes while colors appear richer.

HP High-Definition LCD TVs

HP's new HP Pavilion High-Definition LCD TVs are available in 26-inch (LC2600N), 32-inch (LC3200N) and 37-inch (LC3700N) models. These HDTVs incorporate Visual Fidelity technologies that combine scene-by-scene contrast adaptation to deliver exceptional image accuracy.

HP's intuitive ambient lighting feature automatically adjusts image brightness so the picture is sharp and clear regardless of the light entering the room. These televisions feature the latest in LCD technology and the most advanced panels available. And for sports fans, they virtually eliminate motion blur, producing a clear image that makes them ideal for watching the big game.

HP plasma HDTVs

HP's new plasma HDTVs - available in 42-inch (PL4200N) and 50-inch (PL5000N) models - use Visual Fidelity technologies to provide an advanced video pipeline that combines information about a room's ambient lighting with photo-realistic sharpness and a 3D color enrichment system.

The sets feature state-of-the-art video processing to deliver up to 8 billion colors and 2,048 levels of gradation, ensuring that even the subtlest details are rendered with uncompromising clarity. The televisions have ultra-long-life panels featuring advanced phosphors that create images 10 percent brighter than conventional panels.

The new plasma HDTVs also feature a cleverly concealed six-speaker sound system (four tweeters and two subwoofers) to provide viewers with a realistic home theater experience. Built-in memory card slots enable consumers to view digital photos from the comfort of their own couches.

Equally important, all HP HDTVs are built with an eye to the future. Every model comes with unparalleled digital options, including integrated high-definition tuners, HDMI, DVI and, on all LCD models, iLink connectivity. The TVs offer wide viewing angles so viewers can sit almost anywhere in the room and still experience incredible picture quality. All LCD and plasma models and two microdisplay models are equipped with an integrated CableCARD tuner that eliminates the need for additional components such as set-top boxes.

HP HDTVs, with prices starting at $1,599,(1) are available today at high-quality retailers, including Good Guys, P.C. Richard, BrandSmart, CompUSA, MicroCenter, 6th Avenue, Crutchfield, Ken Cranes, Handy TV, J&R, Nebraska Furniture Mart, RC Willy, Saga and Vanns. The televisions also are available through hpshopping.com, HP's online store, at http://www.hpshopping.com.

More information is available at http://www.hp.com/go/wobulation.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $85.2 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Estimated U.S. retail price. Actual price may vary


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