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Hitachi America, Ltd.

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01/04/2001


Hitachi Introduces 42" Plasma HDTV Monitor For Consumer Applications During CES


Jan 4, 2001 12:44 PM

-- Also Ships DLPä-based Rear Projection Television to Retailers --

LAS VEGAS, http://www.hitachi.us/tv, January 4, 2001 - Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division announced its first UltraVision Digital™ Plasma HDTV Monitor for consumer applications. The CMP4120HDUS is the Home Electronics Division's first product from Hitachi's investment in the industry's largest and most advanced plasma production facility, FHP Ltd. (Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Ltd.). FHP was established in April 1999 as a joint venture that combined the plasma divisions of Hitachi, Ltd. and Fujitsu Limited. The new CMP4120HDUS will be introduced during the 2001 International CES on January 6 - 8, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hitachi will showcase the HDTV Monitor and its complete product line at the Aladdin Hotel (Grand Ballrooms 2 & 3) during the show.

Hitachi's CMP4120HDUS is a high performance 42-inch 16:9 plasma HDTV Monitor featuring 1024 x 1024 (1,048,576 total pixels) resolution. With an impressive brightness specification of 600cd/m2 (300cd/m2 with front filter), the unit is an ideal choice for critical viewing home theater environments. The CMP4120HDUS has an equally remarkable contrast ratio of 700:1 making for outstanding performance in high ambient light conditions.

The CMP4120HDUS HDTV Monitor is equipped to accommodate a wide range of input types. Compatible video formats include 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i. The CMP4120HDUS can display computer standards including VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA (scaled) and UXGA (scaled). The flexible input configuration of the CMP4120HDUS includes two RGB, one auto detecting 480i/480p/720p/1080i component video input, one S-Video input and one composite video input. Convenience features of the CMP4120HDUS include three-color temperature presets 6500K, 7600K and 9300K and three picture format options to accommodate different aspect ratio sources: NORMAL, FULL, and ZOOM.

The CMP4120HDUS delivers stunning high-resolution images and incorporates ALiS technology providing both high light output and long panel life. High performance, versatility and ease of use combine with a diminutive form factor (3.5" depth) to make the CMP4120HDUS the premier choice for discerning videophiles. Pricing TBA.

"Hitachi's CMP4120HDUS plasma HDTV Monitor delivers an uncompromising visual experience that echoes our commitment to producing premier display solutions," said Phil Callahan, Sales Manager, Professional Products Group for Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division. "We feel consumers will be delighted by the features, quality and functionality of the display."

INNOVATIVE ULTRAVISION TELEVISION LINE-UP INCLUDES DLP TECHNOLOGY
Sharing center stage with the plasma HDTV Monitor is Hitachi's UltraVision Digital 55DMX01W - an ultra high performance 1280 x 720 DLPÔ-based 55-inch 16:9 rear projection HDTV Monitor/NTSC receiver. Hitachi's exclusive Light Engine creates an incredibly bright and detailed image that makes it an ideal choice for both home theater and computer display.

Hitachi's 55DMX01W Light Engine incorporates several state of the art innovations that maximize the potential of the Texas Instruments DMD (Digital MicroMirror Device). Hitachi optical design engineers have developed every aspect of the light path, from the dual curvature shape of the lamp reflector through the exclusive 10-element high contrast wide-angle lens and high-resolution screen. Every component has been engineered to faithfully reproduce accurate images.

For home theater enthusiasts, film reproduction is one of the most critical performance parameters. Hitachi's exclusive D3 (Digital Display Driver) technology automatically detects and corrects for film-based sources originated at 24 frames per second. Among the many advanced features of the D3 circuitry is a line tripler to scale conventional incoming signals to an incredibly detailed, smooth and flicker free 720 line progressive, 60 frames per second picture.

The 55DMX01W includes excellent HDTV input flexibility with (2) HD level component and (2) 15 pin D-sub RGB inputs. Flexible display capabilities include numerous viewing modes with dual NTSC tuner Picture-Outside-Picture, Dual View Split Screen (HD + another video source) and a MultiViewer 3 Auto Channel Surf. To complete an incredible theater-like experience the 55DMX01W includes a built-in Dolby Digital Surround Sound processor for DVD players and DTV tuners.

The tabletop 55DMX01W design features a stunning silver cabinet and represents the pinnacle of high performance, industrial design and versatility. An optional stand is available at additional cost to match the sleek design of the 55DMX01W. Priced at $12,995.95 the 55DMX01W will begin shipping in January 2001.

About Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division
Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division, markets a variety of consumer electronics including high-definition TVs (HDTV), projection TVs (PTV), plasma monitors, color TVs, DVD players, a DVD camcorder, VCRs and standard 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.

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. (NYSE: HIT), 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.

UltraVision Digital is a registered trademark of Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc. Digital Light Processing (DLP ™) and Digital Micro Mirror Device (DMD ™) are registered trademarks of Texas Instruments, Inc.

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