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Mitsubishi Electric Selected to Supply Spectacular New 17-Screen High-Definition LED Scoreboard for Air Canada Centre

New high-resolution, 6mm “Black Package” Diamond VisionLED displays

will be first of their kind in an NBA/NHL facility

Warrendale, Pa., June 5, 2008 – 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 Raptors.

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 pièce de résistance, 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 Verizon 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 in 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 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 system.

Toronto fans can expect the new display system to be competed by August 1, 2008 in time for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.

About Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision™

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Since then, Mitsubishi Electric has been recognized as the leader in visually stunning displays for sports facilities, advertising, entertainment and commercial applications.

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Since then, Mitsubishi Electric has been recognized as the leader in visually stunning displays for sports facilities, advertising, entertainment and commercial applications.

With 28 years of unmatched experience, other notable Diamond Vision™ projects include: The world’s largest LED high-definition (1080p) video displays to be installed at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, set to open in 2009. The massive one-of-a-kind, four-sided center-hung structure will feature two main sideline displays measuring 72 feet high by 160 feet wide and two end-zone displays measuring 29 feet high by 51 feet wide. It will be suspended 110 feet directly over the center of the playing surface and stretch from one 20-yard line to the other.

The New York Yankees also picked Mitsubishi Electric for its high-definition centerfield scoreboard at the new Yankee Stadium, scheduled to open in 2009, with a Diamond Vision™ display nearly 101 feet wide and 59 feet tall.

Other record-setting installations include baseball’s largest high-definition display at Turner Field in Atlanta; the first 32:9 ratio HD scoreboard at AT&T Park in San Francisco; Times Square’s first HD display at MTV studios; traffic-stopping marquees at Bally’s and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; a massive 11-screen display at Times Square in New York City; and the largest indoor HD screen in North America, the 34- x 110-foot screen at the Colosseum in Las Vegas. Mitsubishi Electric also created and installed the world’s largest LED video display, a 37’ x 218’, 8,000-square foot LED board at Tokyo Race Course.

Diamond Vision™ Systems’ US operations are headquartered in Warrendale, Pa. Diamond Vision™ is a division of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan. For more information about Diamond Vision™, visit http://www.diamond-vision.com.

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