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Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi

01/07/2002


Hitachi Provides A Cost-Effective, Compact Solution with Introduction of New Micro-Portable XGA Projector


Jan 7, 2002 17:02 PM

-- New CP-X275W Projector Brings Added Brightness and Versatility For Mobile Professionals --

Brisbane, Calif., http://www.hitachi.us/, January 7, 2002 - Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (NYSE: HIT), today announced the CP-X275W, the latest micro-portable addition to Hitachi's comprehensive projector offering. Designed for mobile professionals and budget-conscious consumers, Hitachi's CP-X275W weighs only five pounds, and is well-equipped to meet a wide variety of portable presentation needs. The CP-X275W features 1,200 lumens and sharp XGA resolution for a vivid image, and includes component input for added flexibility for video presentations. The CP-X275W is equipped with a short-throw lens, enabling a 60-inch diagonal image from only five feet, ensuring an impressive presentation regardless of the venue. Further enhancing the projector's suitability for small venues is the Whisper Mode, which decreases the operating noise to only 34 decibels, with only a slight decrease in brightness.

"The presentation industry is a continually evolving market, with consumers demanding higher resolution and greater functionality in a compact, lightweight unit," said Pete Denes, director of sales for Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, Multimedia Presentation Products. "Hitachi developed the CP-X275W to meet the needs of mobile professionals, as well as discerning customers who demand an XGA projector in a small footprint."

Hitachi's CP-X275W packs a wealth of features and functionality in a compact unit that is easily transported between locations. With three video inputs, including component, composite and S-video, the CP-X275W provides a high level of connectivity and versatility for ease of use. The component input greatly expands the video options for the projector, as presenters can easily display feeds from DVD players or other home electronics devices. The CP-X275W also accepts HDTV video sources.

The CP-X275W is ideally suited for small venues because of the short-throw lens that comes standard with the projector, and because of the optional Whisper Mode. By utilizing the Whisper Mode, the operating noise is reduced from an already quiet 39 decibels to 34 decibels, with a reduction of only 20% brightness. This feature leads to less distraction from ambient noise, critical in any small venue.

Hitachi's CP-X275W projector, priced at $5,495, will be available in January 2002 through Hitachi's network of nationwide resellers. For more information, or to locate a dealer near you, please visit http://www.hitachi.us/mmpp, or call 1-800-225-1741.

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, 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 2000 (ended March 31, 2001) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 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://global.hitachi.com.

*At an exchange rate of 124 yen to the dollar.

Key Features and Specifications

  • XGA Resolution (1,024 x 768 color pixels) HDTV-ready
  • Versatile connectivity - Component, Composite, S-Video, RGB input
  • Digital Keystone Correction
  • Brightness - 1,200 lumens (960 lumens in Whisper Mode)
  • Ultra-portable - 5 pounds
  • Quiet Operation - 39 decibels (34 decibels in Whisper Mode)
  • Versatile and Easy to Connect
  • Clear Sound - Built-in 1W x 1 Speaker
  • Automatic Setup - Simple Plug-and-Play
  • Warranty - 3 years parts and labor, 90 days for the lamp

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
Weber Shandwick San Mateo
Tel: (650) 532-4033
kbarr@webershandwick.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