News Releases

11/08/2000

Hitachi Delivers The Ultimate Visual Experience With New 42-Inch Plasma Display Panel

Nov 8, 2000 09:34 AM

-- New Display Brings Stunning Definition and Vibrant Color for Home or Business --

BRISBANE, Calif., http://www.hitachi.us/, November 8, 2000 - Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (NYSE: HIT), today introduced the CMP4120HDU, the 42-inch version of its world-class Plasma Display Panel (PDP). This high-definition PDP provides superior quality imaging in a sleek, space-saving design, ideal for home and business applications. With the introduction of the CMP4120HDU, Hitachi further demonstrates its leadership and innovation in the plasma display market.

The MP4120HDU will be available in the United States at the end of Q4 2000. Pricing for the unit is $15,995.00.

The CMP4120HDU is the second generation display to incorporate the ALIS system, a technology that alternately lights even and odd lines on the display. This technology leads to increased display quality, higher vertical definition and greater brightness than other display solutions, as well as longer life of the unit.

"Hitachi strives to provide the highest quality technology solutions for its customers, exceeding expectations in both performance and feature set," said Pete Denes, national sales manager of Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, Multimedia Presentation Products unit. "The CMP4120HDU is a proof point to Hitachi's commitment to pioneer and deliver the industry's premier display solutions."

Boasting an impressive resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 (or 1,024 x 1,024), the CMP4120HDU provides vivid color and sharp definition, regardless of the input or application. The CMP4120HDU is engineered for optimal output with an impressive contrast ratio of 700:1. Weighing only 72 pounds, and mountable virtually anywhere, this state-of-the-art display raises the standard for overall image quality and takes the visual experience to the next level.

The CMP4120HDU bridges the gap between home and business applications, providing a flexible solution that meets the needs of the most discriminating customer. The image quality and wide viewing range make the PDP the ideal solution for effective public display, including various venues such as fitness clubs, business offices and showrooms. The CMP4120HDU offers superior visibility, with 160 degree viewing angle and also features a portrait-mode option, providing an even more flexible solution for both home and business use. The CMP4120HDU also features true HDTV compatibility, bringing a new level of definition to home theater.

By utilizing multiscan technology, the CMP4120HDU automatically adjusts to VGA, S-VGA, XGA or S-XGA UXGA resolution, enabling enhanced brightness and contrast. This product also accepts a wide range of video signal formats and can be connected to other home electronics devices as well as professional video cameras, digital broadcasting adapters and PCs.

About Hitachi

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 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, 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.com.

*At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar.

Performance Highlights - Plasma Display Unit

(1) Panel type: 42-inch ALIS PDP
(2) Description: CMP4120HDv (3) Pixel pitch : 0.90mm (H) x 0.51 mm (V)
(4) Subpixel pitch: 0.30 mm (H) x 0.51 mm (V)
(5) Pixel structure: RGB striped

Front Optical Filter: Semi-tempered glass with conductive film and Anti-Reflection

Rated Voltage: AC100-120 / 200-240V 50 / 60Hz
Rated Current: 5A (100-120V) / 2.5 (200-240V)
Power Consumption: 450W (TYP)
Dimensions: 1037 (W) x 648 (H) x89 (D) mm (without tabletop stand)
Weight: 33 kg (without tabletop stand)

Functionality

(1) CMP4120HDU automatically adjusts to VGA, S-VGA, XGA or S-XGA, UXGA resolution, enabling enhanced brightness and contrast.
(2) Compatible with multi-scan RGB separate input (mini D-sub , BNC 2-channel), horizontal/vertical composite sync signals, TTL separate sync signals, and sync on green (superimposed with G video signals).
(3) The PDP Monitor supports stereo audio input terminals associated with the line of PC input to support stereo sounds with 8 W + 8 W audio
(4) Other uniqueness: FCC-B applied, Software to protect Image Retention pre-installed and Switching the brightness when it runs Video.

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

Kerstin Barr
The Weber Group
Tel: (650) 463-8631
kbarr@ca.webergroup.com

For all other inquiries please call:
1-800-HITACHI

If you have any questions specifically about Investor Relations in the United States, please contact our Investor Relations Department at investor.info@hal.hitachi.com