Mitsubishi to supply scoreboard for Air Canada Centre

Mitsubishi Electric has been chosen by Maple Leaf Sports
& Entertainment (MLSE) to supply and install a new 17-screen scoreboard
featuring a cutting-edge Diamond Vision high-definition display system at the
Air Canada Centre, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA’s Toronto

The new display system will provide the Air Canada Centre,
its Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors fans with the most advanced
video screens of any arena in
Canada. The system will contain 17
new displays with the highlight, or pi ce de r sistance, being a four-sided 6mm
“black package” LED main display.

The Air Canada Centre system will be the first in the
NHL/NBA market to feature this new black package LED technology. The black
package LED, which is available on Mitsubishi Electric’s 6mm, 4mm and 3mm
displays, provides for superior contrast and black levels over existing white
packaged LEDs that utilize standard contrast panels to help improve contrast
and black levels. The black packaged LED allows the LED chip to be virtually
unnoticeable and blend into the black face of the display.

“The black package LED represents the most cutting-edge
technology available for indoor display systems,” said Elan Azar, general
manager of Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada’s Display & Imaging Solutions
Division. “Mitsubishi installed the first high-definition LED display in the
arena market at TD Banknorth Garden in 2006, and the first 6mm high-definition
LED display in 2007 at the
Center. We are very
excited to introduce this latest technological advancement to the arena
marketplace by installing the first 6mm black package LED Displays right here
Toronto, at
a world-class facility such as Air Canada Centre.”

“This installation once again solidifies Mitsubishi Electric’s
reputation for quality, performance and proven reliability in display
technology and the fact that we are leading the technology curve and setting
the standards in the arena marketplace,” noted Azar.

The selection of Diamond Vision came after intensive
research by MLSE officials, who compared numerous displays at arenas throughout
North America.

“Of the systems we saw, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision boards
were consistently superior in uniformity and reliability,” said Dwayne Brown,
technical producer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Plus, being able to
showcase the black package LED is particularly exciting given that Air Canada
Centre continues to be a world-class facility.”

The 6mm main displays feature Mitsubishi Electric’s
state-of-the-art Digital Screen Controller which will be driven by a
high-definition 1080 HD source from Air Canada Centre’s new 1080
high-definition control room. Mitsubishi’s high quality, cutting edge video
display products, ultra-thin, ultra-quiet interior ribbon board displays in
combination with ANC’s patented VisionSOFT control software allows Mitsubishi
to offer the most reliable, highest quality and most advanced display systems
in the industry.

“After extensive research and reviewing several
installations in different venues, Mitsubishi proved to be the clear winner in
the large screen display industry with their technology, quality and price,”
said Curt Emerson, manager of venue services and content deployment for Maple
Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We are very excited to debut our new
high-definition Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video display at Air Canada Centre
this fall.”

In addition to the black package 6mm main video displays,
Mitsubishi Electric is using 10mm display technology for the eight-sided upper
displays and four-sided scoring displays as well as the 72-foot long circular
ring. Mitsubishi Electric is also supplying a new integrated scoring system
consisting of all new shot clocks and ANC’s state-of-the-art VisionSOFT control
fans can expect the new display system to be completed by August 1, 2008 in
time for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.

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