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Planar announces Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Planar Systems Inc. today introduced its Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System that supports mission-critical operation and requires minimal installation space, making it ideal for use in public venue or control room video walls. By combining streamlined, narrow-bezel LCD panels, a unique mounting system, centralized outboard electronics and simplified configuration and management software, the Clarity Matrix system is designed to make the most of LCD technology’s slim profile and vibrant visual performance while easing the difficulties in achieving perfect alignment, optimal cooling, simplified service and extended operation.

Planar will unveil its Clarity Matrix LCD video wall at this week’s InfoComm in Orlando, Fla. The Clarity Matrix incorporates 46-inch commercial-grade LCD panels that tile together with only a 7.3mm image-to-image gap. The Matrix’s LCD “blade” module — unique within the control room and digital signage industry — weighs less, generates less heat, aligns precisely, services easily, and is less susceptible to “in-wall” failures compared to traditional LCD display designs.

The Clarity Matrix Video Wall System incorporates the Clarity EasyAxis mount system, which, combined with the LCD module, results in a video wall measuring a mere 4.5 inches in depth, screen to wall — ideal for space-constrained security monitoring centers and broadcast control rooms. The LCD modules include EasyAxis adjustment cameras, allowing six-axis, fine-grain alignment and perfect LCD module positioning in any array. The Clarity EasyAxis mounting system supports landscape and portrait orientation, free-standing wall deployment and flying wall applications. Because the panels are self-supporting, Clarity Matrix can support unlimited stacking height. The mounting system also incorporates a unique service mode that allows for in-place, front-access service for any panel in the wall, regardless of location.

Designed for continuous operation, which ultimately lowers total cost of ownership, the Clarity Matrix Video Wall System features off-board, rack-mount electronics and power supplies to decrease the heat load that can rapidly degrade LCD panels and increase the risk of temporary image retention, or TIR. With fewer components operating behind the LCD modules, Planar has significantly reduced the risk of in-wall failures and the associated disruption to the wall.
Centralized controller boards and power supplies also can be placed in a convenient location, in close proximity to video sources. A single Clarity Matrix power supply module provides power to up to four panels and can be configured in a fault-tolerant n+1 configuration, providing redundancy for mission-critical applications.