SANYO Develops Inverter driven Commercial Freezer with CO2 Refrigerant

Tokyo, December 2, 2009 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the development of a world first*1 inverter driven commercial freezer with CO2 refrigerant, and it will aim at practical use in the future.

 

 
 The CO2 refrigerant received a lot of attention at the 21st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP21) held from November 4, 2009 to the 8th, because CO2 has a much lower global warming potential*3 of about 1/1430 to 1/3920, compared to alternative fluorocarbons*22 widely used for commercial freezers,. Therefore it can contribute greatly to the prevention of global warming. The newly developed technology was funded as a “Project to Support Introduction and Practical Adoption of Emission Control Equipment to Control Three Fluorinated Gas Substitutes,” by NEDO, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. Through the development of a highly efficient split refrigeration cycle and a compact Two Stage Rotary CO2 Compressor, SANYO was able to realize energy-saving and CO2 refrigerant technologies for commercial freezers.
 Using the newly developed Inverter driven Commercial Freezer with CO2 Refrigerant, a customer can reduce CO2 emissions resulting from electrical consumption by up to 15%*4, compared to a conventional commercial freezer with alternative fluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant(R404A). This can make a significant contribution towards the prevention of global warming and the realization of a low-carbon society.
 SANYO is promoting the development and application of CO2 refrigerant equipment for the prevention of global warming and the realization of a low-carbon society.

*1As of December 2, 2009, for commercial freezers
*2Compounds such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in industry as substitutes for banned chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
*3global warming potential: For the effect that the material of the unit weight discharged in the atmosphere gives global warming, CO2 as 1.0, it is the value that the effect was shown as a relative value.
*4Based on SANYO’s own testing data, compared to an existing SANYO model of single speed commercial freezer using R404A refrigerant.
I. Development Background  Adopted in 1987, the Montreal Protocol is an international treaty that requires member countries to reduce in stages the production and use of certain fluorocarbons such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), once widely used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Fluorocarbons destroy the ozone layer thereby affecting living organisms, and also have the potential to cause global warming. Today, alternative fluorocarbons, which do not damage the ozone layer, are used as refrigerants in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. However, these alternative fluorocarbons still have a global warming potential that is 1,430 to 3,920 times greater than CO2. Given the concern that alternative fluorocarbons are continuing to accelerate global warming, emissions of these substances have been regulated under the Kyoto Protocol as greenhouse gases. Natural refrigerants, however, have a much smaller environmental impact than alternative fluorocarbons, and CO2 refrigerant in particular does not have the issues of toxicity and flammability found in some other natural refrigerants (see reference below).
 In 2000, SANYO developed a Two Stage Rotary CO2 Compressor, which was the first of its kind in Japan, and the following year the company used this technology to launch a CO2 heat pump water heater for household use (Ecocute). In 2007, SANYO came out with Japan’s first open front beverage showcase using CO2 refrigerant. Accordingly, SANYO has been leading the industry in CO2 refrigerant products. Commercial freezers are indispensable equipment for storing food products in restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores. Standards for commercial freezers are being investigated under the Top Runner Program*5 and Japan’s Act on the Rational Use of Energy, and there is a growing need for refrigeration equipment that can reduce CO2 emissions in order to prevent global warming.

*5Japan’s Top Runner Program seeks to improve the environmental performance of various types of products such as electrical goods and automobiles, by setting future industry standards based on the most advanced products currently on the market.

II. Forecast of effect of CO2 reduction 1. SANYO’s proprietary compact Two Stage Rotary CO2 Compressor  Compared to HFC refrigerant, CO2 refrigerant requires about four to ten times the refrigeration cycle pressure. This means there is a large difference in pressure between the high and low pressure stages of the cycle, requiring parts to be much stronger to endure the pressure conditions, in addition to greater motor torque. Using a two-stage pressure design for the compressor, the need for part strength and motor torque is roughly halved compared to single-stage compression. As a result, SANYO has succeeded in developing a CO2 cooling unit to be used for commercial freezers

2. SANYO’s proprietary high-efficiency split refrigeration cycle  When operating under high ambient temperatures (e.g. summer temperatures above 30°C), conventional CO2 refrigerant circuits become supercritical*6 and the coefficient of performance (COP) *7 drops to less than that for HFC refrigerant circuit. Therefore, SANYO developed a patented split cycle that utilizes the advantages of the company’s proprietary Two Stage Rotary CO2 Compressor, thereby realizing a major improvement in COP, exceeding the performance possible with HFC refrigerant circuit.
 Using a split CO2 refrigeration cycle, SANYO has improved efficiency by 20% to 30% compared to a non-split cycle. When the evaporation temperature is –30°C or lower, the new technology offers better COP than HFC refrigerant circuit (R404A), even under high outside temperature conditions.

*6Transcritical cycle: The temperature of a critical point of the CO2 refrigerative is 31.1℃, and it is low. It is a transcritical cycle at the refrigeration cycle that used the CO2 refrigerative exceeding a critical point. In supercritical, there is not defined difference between the gas and the liquid. There is no process of condensation at the refrigeration cycle.
*7COP(Coefficient Of Performance): This is a coefficient used as a standard of the energy consumption efficiency such as the air conditioner machines, and it is a value in which the cooling /heating ability per kilowatt of power consumption.

 III. Estimated CO2 reduction effect when using SANYO’s Commercial Freezer with CO2 Refrigerant Inverter  Compared to a commercial freezer using HFC refrigerant (R404A), the Commercial Freezer with CO2 Refrigerant Inverter reduces a customer’s CO2 emissions resulting from electrical consumption by up to 15%. Approximately 170,000 commercial refrigerator/freezers are shipped every year. By replacing the refrigeration unit with SANYO’s new technology, a customer can reduce CO2 emissions from electrical consumption*8 by about 14,000 tons per year. In the case of industry-wide conversion to CO2 refrigerant, we can eliminate the use of about 48 tons*9 of HFC refrigerant (equivalent to about 190,000 tons of CO2). By establishing high-efficiency technology within the commercial refrigeration temperature range, SANYO can develop a wide range of CO2 refrigerant applications for refrigerator/freezers, thereby greatly contributes to the direct reduction of the influence to global warming by the HFC refrigerant leakage that has been feared recently.

*8Calculated using an average annual electrical consumption of 4,451 kWh per commercial freezer, with a basic unit of consumption of 0.39 kg-CO2 /kWh
*9Calculated based on one unit containing an average of 0.28 kg of HFC

SANYO Releases LP-XF1000 Dual-lamp Projector with Rich Color

SANYO Releases LP-XF1000 Dual-lamp Projector with “Rich Color” Equipped with SANYO’s own QuaDrive™ Engine and offering 12,000 lumens, the industry’s highest*1 brightness in an AC 100V

SANYO is pleased to announce the release of the LP-XF1000 dual-lamp projector with rich color, on December 18, 2009. The projector features SANYO’s own QuaDrive™ Engine technology and offers the industry’s highest brightness of 12,000 lumens in an AC 100V.

LP-XF1000 Dual-lamp Projector

Last year, SANYO announced the LP-XP200L (7,000 lumens), the world’s first projector to provide big-screen projection of realistic rich color for more beautiful and vivid images with a new optical engine ? the QuaDrive™ Engine, which became a popular topic at that time.

Now, the company is further increasing projector brightness, by launching the LP-XF1000 projector with rich color, featuring SANYO’s own QuaDrive™ Engine. This model provides 12,000 lumens, the industry’s highest brightness in an AC 100V projector. Moreover, the new model can project beautifully bright large-screen images, thanks to its higher resolution based on dual-lamp light combining technology and a high contrast ratio of 4000:1. The LP-XF1000 will be displayed at the GITEX Technology Week 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from October 18 to October 22, 2009.

Main Features

Industry’s highest brightness of 12,000 lumens in an AC 100V, and QuaDrive™ Engine Big-screen projection in rich color and high brightness – The LP-XF1000 is equipped with two high-output 330-watt lamps, thereby improving light efficiency by 20% compared to a previous model, and achieving the industry’s highest brightness of 12,000 lumens.

  • It can be plugged into AC 100V outlet, so that no wiring work to convert to AC 200V is necessary.
  • In order to realize realistic projection images that are more vivid and beautiful, the LP-XF1000 is equipped with a QuaDrive™ Engine that adds a ‘Color Control Device’ to the conventional 3LCD system in order to control yellow light independently. Consequently, color richness has been improved by 20%, offering high-brightness big-screen projection with rich color. It is especially suited to the digital signage market where high resolution is in demand.

2.Offering high resolution based on dual-lamp light-combining technology and a high contrast ratio of 4000:1 Improved gradation expression for projection images and color uniformity – Thanks to its QuaDrive™ Engine with an inorganic LCD panel, the LP-XF1000 offers a high contrast ratio of 4000:1, which provides improved projection image depth and stereoscopic effect.

  •  Through the incorporation of three mirrors and the use of dual-lamp light-combining technology for uniform light amalgamation, the new model can produce the same brightness with dual-lamps as previous models did with four lamps. This also improves color uniformity for high definition image. More beautiful images can be enjoyed as a result.

3.Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) and outstanding functions enabling a wider range of setup locations Easier maintenance and more versatility – The LP-XF1000 is equipped with an Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) system that enables a filter cartridge replacement interval of approximately 11,000 hours*5. One cartridge contains a filter roll equal to 10 filters.

  • “Power Vertical/Horizontal Lens Shifting Function” and “Power Zoom/Focus Function” enable projection adjustment without changing the projector position. These power-driven systems can be easily operated with a remote control, which is convenient when the projector is fixed in a high place.
  • The projector can be used in various situations, since it is equipped with outstanding functions for setup positioning, including “Vertical 360-degree Tilt Angle Projection” that allows projection on the ceiling or floor.

General estimate when Lamp control “eco- mode” is selected, which was calculated through the company’s independent test in reference to the JIS D0207 test method. The filter cartridge replacement frequency changes according to actual usage.

Other Features – “Mechanical Shutter” can completely block the projection light

  • “Lens-Centered Design” for convenient placement
  •  “Easy Stacking Grooves” for placing a back-up unit on top
  • “Ten Optional Lenses” are available ranging from short to long-focus types
  • Built-in “MVP System” expansion slot, enabling the adding of “Network Boards,” and “Uncompressed HD DATA WIRELESS Transmission System.
  •  Conforms with the EU RoHS Directive*6

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations

Outline and Background The number of high-brightness projectors with 10,000 lumens or more shipped in the world market is expected to be approx. 12,000 units in 2009, approx. 20,000 units in 2010, and approx. 32,000 units in 2011 (according to SANYO forecasts). Along with the expansion of the market, the applications for projectors are also diversifying. Large-screen projectors are increasingly in demand for use as digital signage where color expression is valued, as well as for use in large conference rooms and auditoriums where brightness is desired. This has increased the need for projectors that produce bright images with faithful color reproduction. Last year, SANYO announced the LP-XP200L (7,000 lumens) with the world’s first*2 optical engine ? the QuaDrive™ Engine, which was then adopted by the advertisements in art museums, the shopping malls and others.

The new LP-XF1000 meets the demands of this market, while offering 12,000 lumens, the industry’s highest brightness*1 in an AC 100V. Thanks to the QuaDrive™ Engine, the new projector provides big-screen images with rich color. Moreover, the dual-lamp light-combining technology and high contrast projection have increased the depth feeling image and stereoscopic effect while improved dolor uniformity, thereby providing thoroughly high definition images

SANYO Develops Ultra thin HIT Solar Cell with the Worlds Highest level Conversion Efficiency of 22.8

SANYO Develops Ultra-thin HIT Solar Cell with the World’s Highest-level Conversion Efficiency of 22.8%

HIT Solar Cell

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the realization of a 22.8% cell energy conversion efficiency, for a research-level HIT solar cell. This comes close to the world’s best conversion efficiency of 23.0% in a practical size (100 cm2 or more) announced in May 2009. SANYO’s solar cell improvement was realized using a cell thickness of 98μm, which is less than half the previous thickness.

Background
With crystalline silicon-type photovoltaic cells such as HIT solar cells, the most important issue for reducing the cost of photovoltaic systems is the achievement of both energy conversion efficiency and a thin silicon wafer, which is the energy generation layer.

Generally, reducing the thickness of the silicon wafer in order to save resources and reduce costs results in less optical absorption and causes energy conversion efficiency to drop. Now SANYO has developed technology that can greatly control the drop in performance, which has been the issue for making even thinner cells. SANYO did this by using its technology for high efficiency creation developed over many years for its HIT solar cells, which feature high energy conversion efficiency. As a result, SANYO has achieved the world’s highest-level*3 conversion efficiency of 22.8%*4 at the research level in a practical size, using an ultra-thin HIT solar cell with a thickness of 98μm, which is less than half the thickness of a conventional high-efficiency solar cell. In the future, SANYO will focus on advancing applications for mass-production products with technology that offers both high conversion efficiency and a thinner cell for the newly improved HIT solar cell. At the same time, the company will pursue R&D that aims for even better high conversion efficiency, lower costs, and resource-saving designs.

Overview of the elemental technology enabling high efficiency in a thin cell

1. High voltage junction technology
The advantage of the HIT solar cell structure is being able to obtain high open-circuit voltage (Voc)*5, while reducing recombination loss*6 of the charged carriers*7, particles of electricity. This is done by depositing high quality amorphous silicon (a-Si) on a substrate surface made of single-crystalline silicon (c-Si), the energy generation layer. With SANYO’s new technology, the voltage has been greatly increased from the previous 0.729 volts to 0.743 volts. This is based on successful discovery of conditions for greatly increasing Voc in a thinner cell, as a result of selecting a structure that places more emphasis on voltage at the time of device design.

2. Improved light trapping effect
In the HIT solar cell, the primary cell material, the silicon wafer, absorbs light and functions as the energy generation layer. Therefore, when trying to make a conventional solar cell thinner, the energy-generating silicon wafer also must become thinner, which decreases the amount of optical absorption, and lowers the short-circuit current (Isc)*8. SANYO succeeded in solving this problem by improving the light trapping effect of the Si wafer. This was achieved with better technology for reducing optical absorption loss in the transparent conductive layer and in the a-Si layer, through optimization of the Si textured surface. The result is a substantial increase for the previous Isc of 37.3 mA/cm2 (SANYO measurement for a cell thickness of 85μm) to 38.8 mA/cm2 in an ultra-thin HIT solar cell with a cell thickness of 98μm.

schematic of the electrical technology

SANYO Develops Japans first CO2 Refrigerant Direct Expansion Type Refrigeration System

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the development a CO2 Refrigerant Direct Expansion Type Refrigeration System using a natural refrigerant (CO2), the first of its kind in Japan, for use as a refrigeration system for supermarket freezer showcases. In the past, the Alternative Fluorocarbo, R404A, was mainly used as the refrigerant in refrigeration systems for freezer showcases. However, the natural refrigerant CO2 has a very low global warming potential compared to an alternative fluorocarbon (about one four-thousandth), and can therefore greatly contribute to the prevention of global warming.

CO2 Refrigerant Direct Expansion Type Refrigeration System

SANYO has been pursuing R&D for the new system, based on its adoption as a FY 2008 Non-fluorocarbon Energy-saving Refrigeration/Air-conditioning System Project by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). In August 2009, test installation of the system was begun at ‘Maxvalu Express Rokugodote Ekimae’ a supermarket by AEON Retail Co., Ltd. (Shohei Murai, President; headquartered in Chiba City, Chiba), a subsidiary of AEON Co., Ltd. (Motoya Okada, President; headquartered in Chiba City, Chiba).

SANYO will continue to help realize comfortable store environments while preventing further global warming, by accelerating the development and application of CO2 compressor technology, in order to promote a low-carbon society.

sanyo refrigerant system

Development Background and Aims
Since the adoption of an international treaty in 1987, the Montreal Protocol, companies have been obligated to reduce the production and use of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in stages. Certain fluorocarbons, including CFCs used in refrigeration machines and air conditioners, cause damage to the earth’s ozone layer, and may be contributing to global warming and harming ecosystems. Currently, Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are used as an Alternative Fluorocarbon*3 refrigerant that does not damage the ozone layer, in refrigeration machines and air conditioners. However, even Alternative Fluorocarbons have global warming potentials (GWP) of 1,430 to 3,920, compared to a GWP of just 1 for CO2. There has been concern that Alternative Fluorocarbons contribute to global warming, and emissions of these gases are regulated as a greenhouse gas under the Kyoto Protocol. Japan’s 2007 emissions of HFC refrigerants, when converted to an equivalent amount of CO2, were 13.2 million tons of CO2*4, making up almost 1% of the country’s total CO2 emissions, and the amount is expected to increase substantially in the future. Consequently, there is an urgent need to accelerate the development and application of devices and systems that use natural refrigerants, while promoting conversion to natural refrigerants with low GWP and zero ozone depletion potentials, in order to protect the planet’s environment.

Aside from CO2, other natural refrigerants include Hydrocarbons (HCs) and ammonia, but these natural refrigerants have posed problems of efficiency deterioration, toxicity, flammability and high pressure requirements. Although CO2 refrigerant is not toxic or flammable, it must be used at a much higher pressure than HFC refrigerants. However, SANYO has now developed Japan’s first*1 CO2 Refrigerant Direct Expansion Type*2 Refrigeration System using CO2 refrigerant, after succeeding in the creation of a safe design for handling high-pressure CO2.

Features of the CO2 Refrigerant Direct Expansion Type Refrigeration System
1. Reduces energy consumption by up to 10% and realizes high Coefficient Of Performance (COP) *6 refrigeration cycles using a larger version of SANYO’s proprietary rotary two-stage CO2 compressor, and a newly developed split cycle

HFC refrigerants can provide considerable cooling effects by condensing refrigerant in an outdoor condensing unit. With CO2 refrigerant however, in an hot operating environment of 30ºC or higher, such as during the summer, it becomes difficult to create good efficient cycles using condensation latent heat, as the refrigerant does not condense due to the fact that the pressure of the refrigerant inside the gas cooler rises above the critical pressure.
Consequently, SANYO developed a split-cycle CO2-refrigeration circuit that can handle high pressure. With the split cycle technology (see Diagram 1) part of the high-pressure refrigerant cooled by the gas cooler is diverted to make a bypass. By lowering the pressure of the bypassed refrigerant to the intermediate level using an expansion valve, the cooling effect is triggered, which enhances the cooling effect of the main refrigerant flow by the heat exchange inside the internal heat exchanger which is peculiar to the split cycle. It is possible to reduce the necessary compression power by returning the bypassed refrigerant after the conveyance of cooling effect to a suitable intermediate-pressure level in the compression process. Through this reduction of necessary compression power and the expansion of cooling effect, the COP has been greatly improved.

In order to create a flow that returns refrigerant from the split heat exchanger to a suitable intermediate-pressure level, it is necessary to have an injection port, since a single-stage compressor is used for the HFC refrigerant circuit. With the new system however, a split cycle structure has been realized without special structural changes, that efficiently returns the refrigerant to the second-stage injection port, since it uses a larger-capacity version of SANYO’s proprietary two-stage CO2 compressor.

Thanks to the split cycle and the rotary two-stage CO2 compressor, the energy consumption has been reduced by about 10% during refrigeration operation, compared to previous HFC refrigeration systems

CO2 rotary two stage compressor

2. Enables installation and a unit size the same as previous models through the adoption of the direct expansion method

Some refrigeration machines use an HC or ammonia as a natural refrigerant, but these substances are toxic and flammable, and they cannot be used for indoor showcases. Moreover, it is complicated to convert to CO2 refrigerant by creating a dual refrigeration cycle.

With SANYO’s new system however, a direct expansion method has been adopted where the refrigerant flow directly between refrigeration machine and the showcase to be cooled. This means that it is the same format as HFC refrigeration systems already being used. Accordingly, the pipe laying and installation can be carried out using the same framework as for older systems, making it easy to install or to update existing equipment. Since the new refrigeration machine and the refrigerant piping framework are almost the same structure and layout as for HFC refrigeration machines already being used, SANYO was able to make the casing for the new refrigeration machine the same size or less as existing machines

3. Helps to protect the environment by reducing piping material by about 37% through the adoption of CO2 refrigerant

CO2 refrigerant is a thermodynamic substance with high saturation pressure compared to HFC refrigerant. Therefore the piping needs to be 25% thicker for a CO2 refrigeration system than for an HFC system in order to withstand the higher pressure. With CO2 refrigerant, the heat delivery capability is higher and pipes can be narrower when compared to mainstream R404A in refrigeration systems for freezer showcases. Consequently, the weight of the necessary copper piping can be reduced by about 37%, thereby contributing to the saving of resources.

CO2 Emissions Reduction Effect
The recently started test installation of the new system at the ‘Maxvalu Express Rokugodote Ekimae’ in Tokyo involved the replacement of about one third of the existing freezer showcases in the store. The CO2 emissions reduction including the energy-saving effect is expected to be about 12% for all the showcases in the store, when taking into consideration the emissions reduction effect*7 for greenhouse effect gas by using refrigerant with low GWP. If all the freezer and refrigerator showcases in the store were converted to CO2 refrigeration system, the CO2 emissions reduction effect would be about 50%

co2 piping design

SANYO Revises Financial Results Forecast for FY Ending March 2010

SANYO Revises Financial Results Forecast for FY Ending March 2010

Tokyo, September 25, 2009 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) has revised its forecast for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2010 (FY2010; for the period from April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010) announced on July 30, 2009.

1. Forecast for Consolidated Financial Results

Sanyo predicts finanacials

2. Reasons for Revision

The revision has been made based primarily on the expected effects from the following planned expenditures: 1) amount needed to handle issues related to washer/dryer recalls(approx. 10.0 billion yen), 2) amount necessary to fulfill the previously announced ‘Special Career Support Plan’ (11.1 billion yen), 3) preparation needed prior to the tender offer by Panasonic for SANYO shares (approx. 5.0 billion yen), and 4) additional structural transformation of some subsidiaries and exchange losses. With these various issues, SANYO has deemed it necessary to revise downward the loss (income) before income taxes and attributable to noncontrolloing interests from continuing operations and net (loss) income attributable to SANYO from the previous forecasts.

Net sales and Operating (loss) income will remain the same. The forecasts for the first six-month results ending September 30, 2009 will also remain unchanged.

Notice Related to Future Outlook

All statements in this report, other than past factual matters, are future results projected in accordance with SANYO’s present plans, outlooks and strategies, based on management judgments in light of information currently available. Therefore, SANYO cannot guarantee the accuracy and reliability of this information, and requests that you should not rely on this information alone.

There are various factors influencing business forecasts such as business risks and uncertainties. The principal factors that may cause changes in the forecasts includes: 1) large changes in economic conditions and capital markets, as well as consumption changes in businesses SANYO engages in, 2) the effects on SANYO’s international business activities of fluctuation in exchange rates between the yen and the U.S dollar, as well as the yen and other currencies, 3) various trade restrictions in the markets of individual countries, and 4) SANYO’s ability to provide new technologies, new products and new services amid rapid technological innovation, market competition and price competition. However, it should be noted that factors affecting SANYO’s performance are not limited to those mentioned above; there are other factors that pose latent risks and uncertainties.

SANYO Releases Two High-Brightness High-Performance Portable Projectors

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the release of two new high-brightness high-performance portable projector models: the LP-XM150 has the highest brightness in its class*1 at 6,000 lumens and the LP-XM100 has a high brightness of 5,000 lumens. These projectors are ideal for use in spaces such as large conference rooms or lecture halls.

sanyo high resolution projector

Since the dawn of the projector age, SANYO has been leading the industry through its development of out-of-the-box functions and high-brightness/high-image-quality technologies. This year marks the 20th anniversary of its entry into this market.

The highest brightness in its class*1 LP-XM150 and the high-brightness LP-XM100 are cost-effective portable projectors incorporating numerous functions that are ideal for professional use. In addition, a new optical engine using an inorganic liquid crystal panel has been incorporated to ensure high reliability.

The LP-XM150 and LP-XM100 will be released in turn beginning on November 20, 2009.

These projectors will be displayed at the GITEX Technology Week 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 18 to October 22, 2009.

Main Features

1. Highest brightness in its class*1 at 6,000 lumens [LP-XM150] – One rank higher brightness ensures a bright and beautiful big-screen projection
– Combining a newly developed optical engine with superior cooling technology enabled the brightness to be boosted one rank higher to the highest brightness in its class*1 at 6,000 lumens.
– Light efficiency approximately 20% higher*2 compared to our conventional model*3 enables big-screen projection which is brighter and more beautiful.
– Ideal for use in large conference rooms, lecture halls, or a usage that requires projection in well-lighted areas, such as digital signage.

sanyo light efficiency

2. New Optical Engine using an inorganic liquid crystal panel and AMF: Active Maintenance Filter system- High reliability and lower maintenance cost achieved –
– Highly durable New Optical Engine using an inorganic liquid crystal panel is incorporated.
– “AMF: Active Maintenance Filter” system enables a filter cartridge replacement interval of approximately 10,000 hours*4. One cartridge containing a filter roll equal to 10 filters reduces the filter cartridge replacement frequency to one-tenth, realizing high reliability and lower maintenance cost.

sanyo new optical engine

3. Equipped with “Power Vertical/Horizontal Lens Shifting” and other superior functions making it ideal for professional use- A formidable edge in a variety of use environments –
– “Power Vertical/Horizontal Lens Shifting Function” and “Power Zoom/Focus Function” enable projection adjustment without changing the projector position.
– These power-driven systems can be easily operated with a remote control, which is convenient when a projector is fixed in a high place.
– Other superior functions ideal for professional use are incorporated, such as “Corner Keystone Correction” for straightening the image when projecting from an angle and “Mechanical Shutter” which is convenient when the projection needs to be temporarily blocked out.
– In addition to the standard specification lens, 5 new lens options, from a short-focus type to a long-focus type, are available. This enables the optimum lens selection according to the installation site, making these projectors usable in a variety of spaces, such as medium- to large-size conference rooms, classrooms, and lecture halls.

sanyo power features

4. Other Features
– “Vertical 360-degree Tilt Angle Projection” allows projection on the ceiling, floor, etc.
– After use, the “Direct Power-off Function” allows shut down without even pressing the power button. It’s all right to turn off the power using a breaker etc.
– “Anti-theft Hook” is provided for chaining a projector unit.
– “Auto Input Signal Search” function for automatic input signal detection.
– Loud “7W Speaker” enhances listenability in a space like a conference room or a classroom.
– Wired LAN terminal (RJ-45) enables control and management of the projector over a network.
– Compatibility with the optional “PJ-NET Organizer” enables sophisticated centralized control.

[Environmental Considerations]
– Conforms with the EUP-Directive Lot 6*6
– Conforms with the EU RoHS Directive*7
– The packaging contains pulp molds, which can be recycled as used paper

[Environmental Considerations]
– Conforms with the EuP-Directive Lot 6*6, and the EU RoHS Directive*7
– The packaging contains pulp molds, which can be recycled as used paper

SANYO Simultaneously Releases a Professional Security Network Camera Series Worldwide

World’s First! Full Lineup of Full HD / Full Frame Rate Models
SANYO Simultaneously Releases a Professional Security Network Camera Series Worldwide

high resulation cam

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that it will launch a Full Lineup of advanced 6 new Full HD / Full Frame Rate models in the fast-growing high-resolution network camera area of the security camera industry. SANYO had launched the Zoom type (VCC-HD4000) as a pioneer of Full HD last year, and have been gaining high reputation in the market. It was selected as “Product of the year” at the IFSEC2009, the most prestigious award in Europe which leads to a lot of installation.

New line up include CS Mount type (VCC-HD2300, VCC-HD2500), Vandal-Resistant Dome type(VCC-HD3300, VCC-HD3500), Zoom type(VCC-HD4600) and PTZ type(VCC-HD5400). These are the major types of security cameras in terms of product shape, and they will expand the range of possible installation environments. The new line up will be available starting from November 24, 2009.

For performance advantage, to achieve one-rank higher image processing and sophisticated functions, all 6 models incorporate the newly-developed “Xacti HD-Pro”*2 which is an upgraded version of the image processing engine used in SANYO’s Dual Camera Xacti that is highly regarded in the consumer video camera market.  

For network-related advantage, the “Optimum IP-Pro”*3 is incorporated to configure the Twin Engine system. The Twin Engine system ensures powerful and smooth operation by doing heavily-loaded image processing and network processing separately.

Further, by applying SANYO’s ultra-miniature mounting technology acquired through the development of Dual Camera Xacti and digital cameras, a 40%*4 size reduction over previous SANYO models was achieved. Consequently, installation of a security camera in a way that does not spoil the interior ambience has become possible, which expands possible use environments compared to conventional products.

Main Features:

1. World’s First!*1 Full Lineup of Full HD / Full Frame Rate Model:

– The New HD Series consists of 4 product types and 6 models all compatible with Full HD. It’s going to be a powerful lineup in the HD camera market.
– Full HD (1080p: 1920×1080) enables high-definition, higher precision security surveillance.
– All models are compatible with 30ips*5 full frame rate. Smooth and natural video imaging with high-definition image quality ensures capturing of crucial moments

sanyo 4M pixels vs 0.3

– With the product lineup including the following 4 types, SANYO will meet the diverse needs of customers by being able to flexibly create high image quality network camera solutions possible only with its camera products.
(1) CS Mount: Lens selection is possible.
(2) Vandal-Resistant Dome: Fixed dome-shaped vandal-resistant unit incorporating a high-resolution vari-focal lens.
(3) Zoom: High-resolution 10x AF optical zoom lens is incorporated.
(4) PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom*6): High-resolution 10x AF optical zoom lens rotates for broad range surveillance.

2. Powerful and comfortable operating environment realized through Twin Engine incorporating New “Xacti HD-Pro”*2 and “Optimum IP-Pro”*3

– For the New HD Series, SANYO’s high quality motion picture technology is actively applied, which is used in the Xacti Series that has been leading the digital movie camera market since its launch. Following the highly-regarded image processing engine used in the existing model (VCC-HDN1), “Xacti HD-Pro”*2 has been developed for professional security cameras by further upgrading the advanced image processing engine used in Dual Camera “Xacti.”

full HD processing engine
– Top-end models incorporate the Twin Engine system equipped with the new network oriented engine “Optimum IP Pro”*3 . In conventional network cameras, image processing is heavily-loaded. The Twin Engine system makes the operating environment smoother and more comfortable by doing image processing and network processing separately to drastically reduce processing load

For the new engine, functional enhancements have been made and new functions incorporated to meet market and customer needs.
The following are the main functions:
Multi-Streaming*7
– The New HD Series is compatible with Dual Codec, supporting both the latest video compression standard “H.264” and the still image compression standard “JPEG.” Smooth video-based surveillance or clear still image-based surveillance can be selected depending on the intended use. – Twin Engine models incorporate Multi-Streaming Function to enable simultaneous output and transmission of “H.264” and “JPEG” up to 4(Quad) streams*8. For example, while using low-resolution streams for real-time surveillance of multiple places through multiple cameras using surveillance software, the full HD setting can be selected for the recording stream so that in the event of a crime taking place the suspect may be identified easily in the clear high-definition images.

multi streaming

Video Analytics*9 for High Precision Surveillance
– The Video Analytics function enables higher precision surveillance by utilizing preset subject information in terms of size and behavior to identify the behavior of certain subjects.
Convenient Focus Assist*10
– Convenient Focus Assist Function essential for adjustment is incorporated to facilitate focus adjustment upon installation.
– SANYO’s original “Focus Assist Function” makes installation work dramatically easier. By simply pointing the lens at a target and pressing the Focus Assist adjustment button, the camera automatically detects the target and adjusts itself to the optimum position.
– Fine focus adjustment can be done manually by operating the fine adjustment button.
– Focus adjustment is also done automatically upon day/night switching (Color, Day/Night)*10. Fuss-free clear imaging is possible 24 hours a day.

3. Approximately 40%*4 size reduction realized to create a compact appearance (All models)
– By fully utilizing SANYO’s miniaturization and mounting technical know-how acquired through the development of its digital movie cameras and digital cameras over the years, a size reduction of approximately 40%*4 over previous SANYO models has been achieved, realizing uniquely compact products offered by no one else.
– Through making such compact model designs, SANYO has taken on the challenge of remaking the stereotype of a security camera. Now, a security camera, which has been a highly-obtrusive object, can naturally blend in with the installation environment. Further, size reduction will lead to expansion of use applications in addition to security surveillance.

comparision

Other Features

Reliable SD*11 and HDD*12 recording
An SD*11 card slot is incorporated to ensure reliable security surveillance. In the case where a network problem occurs while saving records with the optional software, records may be saved temporarily in the SD*11 card. Further, a dedicated external HDD*12 can be connected for long-duration recording, which is a unique feature offered by no one else. With a network camera being capable of saving records, it can be used as a camera and DVR simultaneously and can meet the diverse needs of customers.
– “Cropping Function”*13 to enable surveillance of only the spot to be observed
“Cropping Function” *13 is incorporated for cropping high-definition images to be displayed in a VGA-equivalent size. Clipping only the desired portion facilitates effective use of the network bandwidth.
– “Digital PTZ”*14 for all-round surveillance in high image quality
By clipping the observation target area from the entire photographed image*15 at most 4 parts and display in a VGA-equivalent size, Pan/Tilt/Zoom*6 can be done digitally. With this digital PTZ*14 function, it is possible to easily move to and zoom-in on the spot to be observed, increasing the efficiency of surveillance operation.
– “Auto IP Setup Utility” for easy IP address setting
Dedicated software is provided as a bundled item to automate the painful process of IP address setting. By connecting a camera to a network and activating/operating this software, the camera connected to the corresponding network is detected and IP address setting is done automatically. In addition to this auto IP setup utility software, a variety of useful software programs are provided as bundled items, such as HDC downloader/viewer for downloading and viewing recorded camera images, and VA-SW3050LITE software to enable multi-screen surveillance by up to 16 split screens. Due to these software programs, buying a camera unit is all you need to start network surveillance.
– “HDMI Terminal”*16 for high-grade full HD image transmission
– “Two-way Voice Function”*17 for dialog
– “3D-DNR Function”*18 that can reduce noise level
– PoE (Power over Ethernet) compatible*19
– Flexible system construction possible (SDK: Software Development Kit)
For SANYO network cameras, in addition to the SANYO-made network surveillance software, the Software Development Kit (SDK) is provided to enable user-level application development and integration into network surveillance software by other companies. With this, each user can construct their system flexibly. In addition, SANYO is a Contributing Member of ONVIF* and will be able to respond to protocol standardization which is expected to be done in the near future

Lineup

CS Mount (2 models)
Lens selection is possible according to the use application.
VCC-HD2300: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Dual Streaming, Day/Night, Focus Assist VCC-HD2500: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Multi-Streaming, Day/Night, Focus Assist, Digital PTZ, Video Analytics, Audio, SD Card Slot

Vandal-Resistant Dome (2 models)
Vandal-resistant fixed dome-shaped camera
Ultra-slim dome-shaped unit is easy-to-install and naturally blends in with the store ambience.
VCC-HD3300: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Dual Streaming, Day/Night, Focus Assist VCC-HD3500: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Multi-Streaming, Day/Night, Focus Assist, Digital PTZ, Video Analytics, Audio, SD Card Slot

Zoom (1 model)
Sophisticated high-end camera with a 4-megapixel high-performance 10x AF zoom lens VCC-HD4600: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Multi-Streaming, Day/Night, 10x Optical Zoom, Digital PTZ, Video Analytics, Audio, SD Card Slot, HDD Recording, HDMI Terminal

PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom*6) (1 models)
Track the target by panning the 1080p full HD compatible camera VCC-HD5400: H.264/JPEG Dual Codec, Multi-Streaming, Day/Night, 10x Optical Zoom, Video Analytics, Audio, SD Card Slot, HDD Recording, HDMI Terminal

SANYO Announces the decision to construct a New Solar Ingot and Wafer Production Plant in North America

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO), announces the decision to construct a new plant for the manufacture of solar ingots and wafers in the Renewable Energy and Technology Park of Salem, and made a definitive agreement with the City of Salem, Oregon, U.S.A. for land acquisition. The plant is planned to begin operations in October 2009, and be at full operation by April 2010 with a production capacity of approximately 70 MW, bringing the total for ingot and wafer production capacity in America approximately 100 MW.

SANYO is augmenting its facilities with the necessary equipment and constructing new facilities for future growth in response to market demand, moving forward to reach the goals set for an annual production capacity of at least 600MW by FY 2010. To increase ingot and wafer production, a fundamental part of the solar cell, the second plant in the US will be constructed and organized into a new company, SANYO Solar of Oregon, L.L.C.

SANYO first started researching and developing amorphous solar cells in 1975, and was the world’s first to commercialize amorphous-type solar cell production in 1980. In 1997, SANYO started the mass production and sales of its world-leading conversion efficiency HIT solar cells, currently manufacturing the ingots and wafers in the US, the cells in Japan, with module assembly plants located in Mexico, Hungary and Japan.

Outline of new factory in Oregon

Company Name: SANYO Solar of Oregon LLC
Location: Renewable Energy and Technology Park of Salem, Oregon
Representative: Yasuyoshi Kawanishi
Size (land area): 861,113 ft2
Investment amount: Approx. $80 million
Production capacity: Approx. 70MW (When at full annual capacity)
Production start: October 2009
No. of Employees: Approx. 200 (FY2010)

SANYO Introduces C- and D-sized ‘eneloop’ Batteries and Universal Charger

Tokyo, August 8, 2008 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces today new additions to the ‘eneloop universe’ products:
C- and D-size ‘eneloop’ batteries and a Universal Charger, to be sold in Japan starting from September 12, 2008.

These much-awaited C- and D-size ‘eneloop’ batteries expand the line-up of eneloop, which currently includes AA- and AAA-sizes, with the AA-size eneloop able to be used with adapters (spacers) for conversion to C- and D-sizes. ‘eneloop’ batteries combine the benefits of dry cell batteries by coming pre-charged*1 with the economic and environmental benefits of rechargeable batteries, as it is rechargeable up to 1,000 times*2. With the new C- and D-size eneloop, SANYO provides an increase in capacity and longer power supply for C- and D-sized eneloop of 1.6 times and 3 times (respectively) compared to AA eneloop and ‘spacers’.

The announced ‘Universal Charger’ can charge all ‘eneloop’ battery sizes from the smallest, AAA, to the largest, D. With advanced charging technology including voltage monitoring to prevent overcharging, the Universal Charger also has LED lights to indicate charge status.

Main Features: C- and D-size ‘eneloop’

* Provide longer power supply with increased capacity for the C- and D-size eneloop batteries, about1.6 times and 3 times respectively compared with AA-size eneloop and spacers
* Equipped with an overheating protection function for safe and reliable use
* Exterior tube is antibacterial*4, designed to suit a wide range of consumer and commercial needs

Main Features: Universal Charger

* Charge ‘eneloop’ of all sizes, from the smallest, AAA, to largest, D, with a single charger
* Voltage of each battery is monitored and controlled by a built-in microcomputer to prevent overcharging
* 8 separate LED status light displays battery charge state for confirmation at a glance

Main Features: C- and D-size ‘eneloop’

1. Provide longer power supply with increased capacity for the C- and D-size eneloop batteries, about 1.6 times and 3 times respectively compared with AA-size eneloop and spacers

– Change from AA-sized eneloop used with spacers to actual C- and D-size eneloop
– Increases storage capacity, translating to longer supply of power battery/spacer combination
– Capacity for D-size increased approximately 3 times, capacity for C-size increased by 1.6 times

2. Equipped with an overheating protection function for safe and reliable use

– To protect against overheating, an ‘Overheating prevention function*5’ with a built-in current protection device (a Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) device*6) has been adopted
– New function designed to protect against abnormal heating and electrolyte leakage
– Designed to meet needs with high reliability for devices ranging from children’s toys to commercial applications

3. Exterior tube is antibacterial*4, designed to suit a wide range of domestic and commercial needs

– Exterior tube encasing the battery cell is antibacterial*4, offering sanitation and cleanliness to eneloop’s economic and environmental benefits
– In addition to the new batteries, the previous AA – and AAA-sized eneloop have also been updated
– New exterior makes battery suitable for standard consumer applications as well as offices and commercial situations where handled by multiple people

Main Features: ‘Universal Charger’

1. Charge ‘eneloop’ of all sizes, from the smallest, AAA, to largest, D, with a single charger

– Built-in four (4) total C- and D-size eneloop charging slots, as well as four (4) 2 -pocket AA- and AAA-size (paired) eneloop charging slots
– Simultaneously charge up to 4 C- or D-sized eneloop in the upper four slots and up to 8 AA- or AAA-sized eneloop in the lower slots
– Charges AA- and AAA-size eneloop up to twice as fast*7
– The positive terminal is easily adjustable to switch between C- and D-size eneloop, as well as AA- and AAA-size eneloop
– Mix and match sizes for simultaneous charging
– Comes with cover to protect for foreign objects disrupting the charging batteries

2. Voltage of each battery is monitored and controlled by a built-in microcomputer to prevent overcharging.

– Adopts SANYO’s time-proven rapid charger ‘peak-cut method’ to control charging
– System allows the voltage change of each battery to be individually monitored, halting charging as peak voltage is detected (when fully charged)
– Designed to prevent batteries from being overcharged or damaged by charging

3. 8 separate LED status light displays battery charge state for confirmation at a glance

– Charger equipped with 8 lamps (or one for each charging slot)
– Lamps display charge status in red and blue
– Easy to see LED lamps, confirm charge state in a glance

SANYO to Build New Optical Pickup Company in Vietnam

Tokyo, August 8, 2008—SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces that it has obtained the official approval of the Bac Giang People’s Committee to establish a new optical pickup manufacturing and distribution company in the Bac Giang Province in Vietnam for its optical pickup products, one of the major products in its electric device business. The deal for the land was closed August 6th with local authorities. The construction of the new factory is scheduled to start in September 2008, and is expected to be finished in April 2009.

SANYO, in addition to the current optical pickups production in Japan, China and Indonesia, has decided to commence production in Vietnam with the aim to expand production at ideal and suitable locations on a global scale. With the growth of the developing markets such as China and with the widespread use of next generation DVDs, SANYO will gear up to expand market share in the ever-growing optical pickup business.

New Company Outline

Company name: Sanyo-HQ Device Vietnam Co., Ltd.
Representative: Tetsuo Watanabe (president)
Date of establishment: July 7, 2008
Location: Quang Chau Industrial Park, Viet Yen、 Bac Giang Province, Vietnam
No. of Employees: Approx. 12,000 (estimation for fiscal year 2012)
Capital: 10 million US dollars
(100% subsidiary of Shenzhen Sanyo Huaqiang Optical Technology Co., Ltd.)
Area: Site area: approx. 140,000 m2
Factory floor area: approx. 33,000 m2 (Primary facility for construction)
Business Contents: Manufacture and distribution of optical pickups and related mechanisms
Business Scale: 300 million US dollars (estimation for fiscal year 2012)

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