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6/22/2000

Hitachi Showcases World Class Presentation, Storage And Computing Technologies At PC Expo 2000

Jun 26, 2000 18:21 PM

Hitachi's Cutting-Edge Product Line-Up Offers a Breadth of Technologies Developed to Meet Today's Fast Paced Market Demands

NEW YORK, N.Y., http://www.hitachi.us/, June 26, 2000 - Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, (NYSE: HIT), today announced it will showcase the industry's first DVD-RAM camcorder along with its world class product line up of storage, computing and presentation solutions at PC Expo 2000, Booth 4505 held at the Javitz Convention Center June 26-29. Hitachi will also participate with industry leaders in the DVD-RAM Exposition located at 1C02 through 1C03.

Hitachi will display a broad spectrum of technologies and feature interactive demonstrations for a hands-on experience. The cornerstone of Hitachi's booth demonstration will be the DVD-RAM Camera, the company's latest innovative application of DVD technology. Additionally, Hitachi will showcase its DVD drives, Plasma displays, AirSho ™ display screen, LCD multimedia projectors, high-definition and projection TVs, ePlate handheld computers and monitors. "Technology has become a fundamental part of our lives impacting how we work, communicate, interact and conduct business," said Motomitsu Sadayasu, general manager, Computer Division, of Hitachi America, Ltd., the North American arm of Hitachi, Ltd. "At Hitachi, we are committed to helping our customers stay at the forefront of this technology evolution by pioneering new technologies and cutting-edge solutions that deliver unmatched quality, performance and reliability at competitive prices. We remain committed to giving our customers access to tomorrow's technology today."

DVD Technology

Hitachi will showcase the industry's first DVD-RAM Camera at PC Expo 2000. Hitachi is taking DVD technology beyond the desktop by marrying the quality and vast storage capacity of DVD technology with the mobility and versatility of an innovative camcorder. Hitachi's DVD-RAM Camcorder records up to two hours of superior quality video or 2,000 still photos onto a small DVD-RAM disc. Consumers can then easily connect to a TV and enjoy a recorded video, or plug into a PC for editing, printing, emailing or posting to a Web site.

Hitachi will also feature a demonstration of its GF-2000 high-speed rewriteable DVD-RAM drive. Boasting single-sided storage capacity of 4.7 GB, the GF-2000 is suitable to process today's demanding PC applications. Hitachi is at the forefront of DVD technology developing innovative solutions that extend the power of DVD to a consumer's desktop and now to a camcorder.

Plasma Display Technology

Hitachi will also demonstrate its XGA-Compatible 25-inch Color Plasma Display monitor (PDP), a next-generation imaging device providing maximum image resolution through a flat, lightweight design. PDPs are an ideal display solution, bringing big-screen performance to the desktop, boardroom, storefront, plant control facility or mobile vehicle, among other applications. Featuring leading-edge plasma display technology, Hitachi's panels offer rich and stunning S-XGA high resolution pictures, multi-scan capability, full immunity to magnetic fields and a 160-degree viewing angle for easy viewing from any position.

AirSho ™

Hitachi will also spotlight AirSho, a new video/PC Imaging system used to project an image or information onto a transparent glass surface, such as a storefront window. Created from a special Photopolymer resin, AirSho transmits images from a projector to the screen so images can be seen outdoors under bright and sunny conditions. AirSho offers unparalleled flexibility to change and update media instantly to ensure customers always view current information.

LCD Projectors

Hitachi will feature its leading-edge LCD projectors including the CP-S220W and CP-X970W. The micro-portable CP-S220W offers a short throw distance of 60 inches and can be used in both large and small rooms without compromising image sharpness, quality and resolution. The CP-X970W offers ultra-bright projection at 2200 ANSI and features leading XGA technology for top of the line performance and resolution. Collectively, Hitachi's LCD projectors offer the latest in presentation technology offering customers superior quality, resolution and clarity in a compact design.

Hitachi Defines Television

Hitachi will present its 52-inch Rear Projection LDX unit and its 36-inch direct-view television sets. Featuring Liquid Crystal Display technology and PC capabilities, Hitachi's 52LDX99B accepts XGA signals and displays images up to SVGA resolution. The set utilizes a lightweight 1.6-inch Liquid Crystal Display panel that replaces traditional picture tubes and guns producing bright, clear pictures unmarred by "flickering" or other obstructions common to conventional TVs.

Hitachi's 36SDX01S delivers the best of both HDTV and PC at an affordable price. This high-definition television set features the exclusive Hitachi Digital Display Driver providing 1080i and full time progressive scan 480p resolution when connected to a high definition set top box. The set's advanced picture in PC allows users with their computer connected to the set to surf the Internet while watching their favorite television program or movie.

ePlate Handheld Computers

Hitachi will also demonstrate its ePlate family of products. Combining the performance and ease-of-use of Hitachi's handheld PC technology with the powerful connectivity of Windows CE, the ePlate delivers on-demand access to information, desktop power and portable convenience. Additionally, the ePlate employs progressive new features, such as a flat-screen panel with handwriting recognition and an "Instant On/Instant Off" capability, that make it an ideal companion for either mobile professionals or commercial/industrial users.

Monitors

Hitachi will introduce two new monitors, the CM615 and CM715. Designed for corporate, SOHO (small office - home office), personal and entry-level graphics use, the 17-inch (16.1-inch viewable) CM615 and 19-inch (18-inch viewable) CM715 offer high refresh rates for flicker-free viewing and reduced eyestrain. Additionally, Hitachi will feature the CM771, one of the world's first Invar Shadow mask monitors. With a flat-face screen that significantly reduces glare and provides highly realistic images, Hitachi's new ErgoFlat technology is more than ten percent brighter than most flat-faced monitors available today.

About Hitachi

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*). 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 106 yen to the dollar.

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.

The Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division, markets a variety of consumer electronics including high-definition TVs (HDTV), projection TVs (PTV), color TVs, DVD players, VCRs and camcorders, as well as security and observation system products. The company's premium products are sold under the Hitachi UltraVision and UltraVision Digital brand names.

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Hitachi America, Ltd.
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Hitachi America, Ltd.
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