Planar Announces First Marine Display with Integrated Touch Screen: Planar LX1201PTI Selected by Faria Marine Instruments for Marine Computing System

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Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLNR), a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, today announced the new Planar LX Mariner series. Designed with innovative features to meet the challenges of unpredictable marine environments, the Planar LX0801PTI, LX1201PTI and LX1501PTI support the company's continued strategy to develop innovative display solutions for unique applications and other specialty markets.

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Planar's response time, overall level of quality and experience in daylight readable IR touch screens were the primary factors that led to the decision to use Planar

    Previously, boat manufacturers had been limited to using proprietary, closed systems for many visualization and monitoring functions. Planar's Mariner series are open architecture, weatherproofed displays that enable greater flexibility for manufacturers and their customers to utilize an ever-growing number of "best-of-breed" software choices. Planar's 8-inch LX0801PTI, 12-inch LX1201PTI and 15-inch LX1501PTI integrate touch screen technology to enable users to better interact with screen data for improved functionality, including future plans to support multi-touch capability. With additional features including a weatherproofed enclosure and optical bonding, the LX Mariner displays are ideal for use in marine environments in which sun, moisture, salt and sea fog create challenges for standard, commodity displays.

Planar's Mariner displays offer an ultra-wide vertical viewing angle and sunlight readability for optimal viewing, which is essential for marine vessel displays. These combined features make the Mariner series the ultimate choice for boat manufacturers looking to meet the needs of diverse customers, ranging from avid sports fishers to competitive yachters to boating enthusiasts and more.

Faria Marine Instruments, a world-leading manufacturer of high-quality marine products and the primary marine instrument supplier in the United States, has selected Planar's LX1201PTI for use in its Maestro touch screen navigation and command centers.

"Planar's response time, overall level of quality and experience in daylight readable IR touch screens were the primary factors that led to the decision to use Planar," said Jason Blackburn, vice president, sales and marketing for Faria Marine Instruments. "Faria is a world-class manufacturer of high-quality products for military, marine, industrial, recreational and commercial markets. We have a strategic initiative to align the organization with world-class suppliers, including Planar, to provide the very best products in the world to our customers."

Planar plans to expand the three offerings to satisfy requests for additional size options. Like the Planar LX1200TI introduced last year as part of the company's entry into the in-vehicle display market, the LX Mariner is designed to provide the user with increased legibility in all bright ambient viewing conditions.

"The LX Mariner series is a skillful demonstration of how Planar applies its 25 years of display and engineering expertise to address varying customer challenges," said Doug Barnes, general manager and vice president of Planar's industrial business unit. "Our engineering team collaborated with Faria to develop a unique solution that balances the need for ruggedness, brightness and optimal viewing. We look forward to bringing this expertise to a broader product line for the marine industry."

Additional Planar LX0801PTI, LX1201PTI and LX1501PTI highlights:

-- High ambient contrast ratio (600:1)

-- Daylight readable, greater than 700 cd/m2

-- Infrared touch

-- Ultra-wide vertical viewing angle

-- -20 to 60 degrees C (-4 to 140 degrees F) operating temperature

-- Anti-glare coated cover glass

-- Direct bonding of cover glass

-- IP65 waterproof enclosure

Samples of Planar's LX marine touch monitors are now available. Contact information for global channel partners may be found at http://www.planarembedded.com. All Planar display products are backed by the company's industry-leading service warranty. For more information, please visit http://www.planarembedded.com/mariner-touch-monitors.

About Planar

Planar Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:PLNR) is a global leader of specialty display technology providing hardware and software solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Hospitals, space and military programs, utility and transportation hubs, shopping centers, banks, government agencies, businesses, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners, and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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