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5/17/2000

Hitachi Unveils New 19'' Flat-Faced Shadow Mask Monitor

May 17, 2000 14:26 PM

WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2000--Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) today announced the new CM771 CRT monitor - one of the world's first flat-faced Invar Shadow Mask monitors.

This revolutionary new 19" (18" viewable) ErgoFlat monitor provides realistic, vibrant images with less distortion and significantly reduced glare. Featuring a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 at a flicker-free 75 Hz, the CM771 also provides a reduced depth of only 17.7 inches that enables this 19" monitor to have the same depth as conventional 17" monitors.

The CM771 has an auto synchronization range of 31-96 kHz, and has a video clock frequency of 203 MHz. This monitor features some major changes to conventional flat-face monitor technology by changing the shape of the deflection yoke. By using a new Rectangular Cone Deflection Yoke, the CM771 is able to eliminate the purity uniformity issues that require multiple circuitry compensation components in flat-faced Aperture Grill monitors. This makes the CM771 user-friendly as it eliminates the need for frequent convergence adjustments that flat-faced Aperture Grill models require.

In addition, Hitachi's new design produces a more efficient beam landing pattern that enables the CM771 to produce high contrast, high brightness images with one of the lowest power consumption rates available for a CRT monitor. More than 10% brighter than the average flat-face CRT, the CM771 also provides a super-fine dot pitch of 0.22mm horizontal and 0.14mm vertical to form one of the crispest, brightest images available. Entering the market with an MSRP of $479.00 the CM771 represents one of the best values on the market today.

The CM771 features Hitachi's EasyMenu on-screen controls with adjustments for color temperature, moire, trapezoid, DMS, pincushion and more. This monitor is also user and environmentally friendly with features such as TCO '99 compliance, EPA energy star approved, and features simple plug-and-play functionality.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, consumer electronics and semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit http://www.hitachi.us/.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, supplies high-performance computer storage products and multimedia products to OEMs, value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. The division's products include high-capacity hard disk drives and DVD-ROM and -RAM drives, digital multimedia recorders, hand-held computers, LCD projectors, CRT monitors, color laser beam printers and flat panel and plasma displays.

Hitachi's monitor sales group is a leading supplier of display technology in the United States of America. With numerous product awards for excellence, Hitachi displays provide superior quality at value prices to business, education, government and professional markets. For more information please contact Hitachi's Display Customer Relations at 800/441-4832, or via email at display.info@hal.hitachi.com. Information is also available on the World Wide Web at http://www.hitachidisplays.com.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen ($75.5 billion(a)). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://www.hitachi.co.jp.

*At an exchange rate of 121 yen to the dollar.

For Media/Investor Inquiries, please contact:

Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Vice President
Corp. Communications Group
Tel:(650) 244-7900
Fax: (650) 244-7920
gerard.corbett@hal.hitachi.com

Hitachi America, Ltd.
Monitor Sales Group
Leslie Bishop
Tel: (781) 461-8300 ext. 704
leslie.bishop@hal.hitachi.com

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1-800-HITACHI

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