New ELAN® XP-8.4 Wi-Fi Touch Panel Joins Industry-Leading Controller Lineup

Latest Touchscreen Controller Offers Best Feature-Packed, Wireless Interface for the Price Within Custom Installation Marketplace.

Lexington, KY, September 06, 2008 --( ELAN® Home Systems, a leading manufacturer of award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems, today announced the newest addition to the company’s renowned Whole Home Touch Panel line, the XP-8.4 Wireless Controller. The sleek 8.4-inch touchscreen controller, with web browsing, extended Wi-Fi range, longer battery life and dependable embedded Windows XP operation is set to debut at CEDIA 2008 in Denver, Colorado September 4-7. The announcement was made by Bob Farinelli, ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer.

The XP-8.4 is ELAN’s new LCD color Touch Panel providing the latest in wireless home control. Lightweight and extremely durable, the XP-8.4 features a powerful combination of bold and beautiful color graphics display and long-range 802.11g wireless control technology. The panel serves as an ideal, premium Whole House and Home Theater controller. A deluxe tabletop docking/recharging cradle with Ethernet and USB ports and extra-long-life battery pack is included at no additional charge. Additionally, the XP-8.4’s extended-life battery provides up to six hours of operation away from the charging cradle and its wide Wi-Fi range helps maintain faster communication speeds.

"Our design team took all the strengths of our groundbreaking wireless handheld controller, the N800, and worked with a larger form factor to provide even more choice in convenience and functionality for our Dealers and their Clients,” stated Mr. Farinelli. “Additionally, XP provides one of the most robust platforms available to deliver this kind of technology and all of the power and performance our Dealer’s expect.”

ELAN took great care in pricing this new product to perfectly suit both the Dealer and their Clients by including a solution package that includes necessary peripherals all for one remarkable price, unlike most any competitive product in the Custom Installation marketplace today. This allows Client’s to enjoy more high-end, full control in more places, while Dealer’s are afforded expanded selling opportunities within their Client base and within an individual home.

Boasting extreme reliability and functional versatility, the XP-8.4 will deliver much of the same proven quality of ELAN’s wired touch panels without stationary limitations. The product was designed for out-of-the box seamless integration with ELAN Multi-Room A/V Controllers and Entertainment Source products and provides instant “Now Playing” information as well as real-time status display of compatible lighting, temperature, pool, spa and security systems. Additionally, the XP-8.4 features a built-in web browser, streaming Internet audio/video and Flash® Player support. A USB port on the docking cradle makes for easy connection of a USB keyboard or mouse, enhancing the web browsing experience even further.

The XP-8.4’s also features customizable screen layouts with large, easy-to-read buttons and text for intuitive control of all systems. The unit is also highly customizable, offering a wide variety of stunning screen motifs that the homeowner can choose from to personalize the look and feel of the display in order to match individual tastes and room decors. Screen displays can be selected to also match ELAN’s VIA!® Touch Panels and Olé® series of Film Interactive Touchpads.

ELAN’s XP-8.4 Wi-Fi Touch Panel will debut at CEDIA Expo 2008 (ELAN booth #610) and will be available to Dealers in Q1 2009 at a MSRP of $3,350, including the deluxe cradle and extended-life battery.

About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company’s systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” experience. The company’s unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature-rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide.

ELAN is a trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, Kentucky. VIA! is a registered trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


Please Note -- ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer, Bob Farinelli, is available for interviews and desk side briefings regarding the XP8.4 Wi-Fi Touch Panel. He is also available to provide expert quotes and bylined articles upon request. To schedule an interview or discuss article options contact Steven Style at 212-465-1290 or
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