LAS VEGAS (January 9, 2003) - BenQ, a leading manufacturer of digital lifestyle devices, today announced the development of its Smart Display products based on Microsoft Windows technology. The company will be showcasing its BenQ Smart Display during the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 9-12, 2003.
Set to be released in the second quarter of 2003, the BenQ Smart Display is a 15-inch TFT LCD device that combines the power of a desktop PC with versatility. With its touch-screen, stylus capabilities, the BenQ Smart Display extends the power of Windows XP technology to anywhere in the home.
"We are thrilled to be working with Microsoft in developing Smart Displays," said Ralph Tang, president of BenQ Incorporated. "BenQ's Smart Display will be one of the most flexible devices on the market that won't impede performance or power. With its elegant design and touch-screen capabilities, the BenQ Smart Display will give users incredible freedoms to access information."
"As one of the top LCD manufacturers, BenQ was a natural partner to work with to develop a Smart Display," said Keith White, senior director of marketing for the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "The combination of BenQ's expertise in touch-screen technology and Microsoft software will enable BenQ to quickly deliver an innovative Smart Display that will fundamentally change the way consumers interact with their Windows XP PC at home."
The BenQ Smart Display is a detachable monitor with touch-screen panel functionality. While docked and used as a regular LCD monitor for a desktop PC, the mouse operates as the stylus. When unconnected, the BenQ Smart Display then becomes a mobile desktop with stylus input and remote access. Because the BenQ Smart Display is a wireless unit, users can continue working within a certain range from the host desktop PC.
The BenQ Smart Display can be used with any PC running the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system with Service Pack 1.
BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas. BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 15,305 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan, China and the U.S., and has more than 2,000 research and development employees. BenQ has amassed 1,225 global patents. For more information about BenQ, please visit our Web site at www.BenQ.com.