Fujitsu General America Names Richardson Electronics Authorized Distributor of Plasmavision 42 Monitors

Agreement Covering U.S. Markets Further Bolsters Distributor's Growing Monitor Portfolio

FAIRFIELD, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1998--Fujitsu General America, Inc. today announced electronic component specialty distributor Richardson Electronics (NASDAQ:RELL - news) as an authorized distributor for the company's Plasmavision(TM) 42 large-format plasma monitors in the United States.

The originator of the large screen plasma display, Fujitsu General America recently debuted its second-generation Plasmavision product at a price 20 percent lower than the company's previous model. The Plasmavision 42 (model no. PDS-4203) offers a new high-contrast screen that delivers a major improvement in contrast levels, for performance comparable to any display technology currently available. Richardson Electronics is offering the product from stock at a suggested retail price of $10,999. Richardson is also offering the PDS-4204, which offers all the same features as the PDS-4203 but includes a PC card viewer. The suggested retail price of the PDS-4204 is $11,999.

``We are excited to have Richardson Electronics join us in distributing our revolutionary product,'' said Michael Gleason, Fujitsu General America's National Sales and Marketing Manager. ``They will help bring this product to the Midwest and beyond. We are confident that this will be a great partnership.''

Richardson will target the Plasmavision 42 to resellers, dealers and integrators in the financial, audio/visual, medical and industrial markets. With its incredible image quality and unique form, the Plasmavision 42 monitor adds impact for business communications, home entertainment and public display. The display can be used in the boardroom to enhance business presentations. With its wide viewing angle and visibility in brightly lit environments, the Plasmavision 42 also offers new opportunities for advertising, tradeshows, retail displays, kiosks, dynamic signage and much, much more.

``Fujitsu General America is the market leader in plasma technology and the addition of their displays complements our expanding line of specialty graphics products,'' said Robert Heise, Business Unit Manager for Richardson Electronics' Display Products Group.

In the past year, Richardson has signed major distribution agreements with monitor manufacturers Image Systems, Philips/FIMI, NEC, Data Ray, Clinton and Barco. Historically targeting third-party maintenance organizations with cathode ray tubes for replacement in monochrome and color monitors, Richardson began adding monitor lines as prices for these products dropped. Now it is targeting hospitals, document imaging facilities and financial institutions with its growing monitor capabilities.

About Fujitsu General Limited

Headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan and founded in 1936, Fujitsu General Limited has a long history of innovation in consumer electronics. Fujitsu General is a world leader in the development of plasma display monitors. Beginning with the introduction of the first color plasma monitor in 1993, the Plasmavision 21, Fujitsu General has been the front runner in commercialization of plasma display technology. In addition to plasma monitors, Fujitsu General also produces for the overseas market LCD computer and video projectors, satellite receiver systems, close-caption transceivers, HDTV receivers, televisions with internal satellite receivers, monitors, and one of the world's smallest color video cameras. For more information on Fujitsu General and the Plasmavision line, call Richardson Electronics at 800/222-2787 or 630/208-2200 or Fujitsu at 888/888-3424 or 973/575-0380 or visit the Fujitsu Plasmavision World Wide Web site at

About Richardson Electronics

Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ:RELL - news) is a highly specialized, international distributor offering engineered solutions for electron tubes, power semiconductors, related electronic components and security systems. Primarily, these products are used to control electronic power, amplify signals or as display devices in a wide variety of industrial, communication, medical and scientific applications. The Company has a worldwide customer base of more than 80,000 and a presence in 50 countries. Its distribution centers in the U.S. and Europe are ISO 9002 certified. Richardson's customers include industrial users, original equipment manufacturers, repair service organizations and other distributors.

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