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Fujitsu Ltd. on Wednesday took the wraps off its 3-D desktop personal computer, which will hit the domestic market June 17, as the electronics maker joined rivals competing for the anticipated increase in demand for 3-D products during the summer shopping season.

Competition in the market for PCs that can display three-dimensional images is expected to heat up in the wake of renewed interest triggered by blockbuster 3-D movies such as “Avatar,” which have pushed electronics makers like Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. to roll out their own 3-D computers, while other electronics makers have also entered the 3-D television market.

The first-of-its-kind FH550/3AM desktop PC has three 3-D image functions, Fujitsu said. The desktop can record 3-D videos using two built-in Web cameras, play Blu-ray 3-D movies, and convert commercially available two-dimensional DVD movies into 3-D images.

The new product, which Fujitsu is looking at selling for around ¥200,000, also allows users to view 3-D videos available on Web sites such as YouTube.

Fujitsu’s launch comes after Toshiba announced Monday it will debut a 3-D display laptop in late July for approximately ¥250,000. NEC unveiled in mid-April a prototype 3-D desktop PC and plans to release a commercial model by September.

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