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Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi

6/6/2005

EXTRON RELEASES COMPLETE LIBRARY OF CONTROL DRIVERS FOR HITACHI LCD PROJECTOR LINEUP

-- Drivers give projector users remote monitoring and control capabilities --

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, June 6, 2005 – In an effort to bring additional remote monitoring and control capabilities to Hitachi America’s line of LCD projectors, Extron has released a complete library of serial control drivers for Hitachi LCD projectors that support serial communication. These new drivers are designed for use with Extron MediaLink™ controllers and IP Link® Ethernet Control Interfaces.

"The results of our collaboration with Extron have made it even easier for our dealers to integrate high-quality Hitachi LCD projectors into today's most advanced A/V applications," says Pete Denes, Hitachi America’s Director of Sales. "Users can now experience exceptional image quality and state-of-the-art remote monitoring and control capabilities."

"Our extensive library of pre-engineered device drivers enables dealers to create sophisticated MediaLink and IP Link systems with minimal time and effort," says Lee Dodson, vice president of marketing for Extron. "The addition of drivers for Hitachi's product line is a natural complement to our library. We are continuously expanding our driver base and are pleased to enable dealers to take advantage of Hitachi's respected lineup of projectors, with our MediaLink and IP Link control products."

Extron maintains over 2,000 serial and IR drivers for devices from dozens of manufacturers. Each driver was written and reviewed by Extron engineers and most have been tested with one of the supported products. Extron's corporate Web site features an easy-to-use online driver filter that enables installers and system integrators to select and download the appropriate driver files for their A/V system. The new Hitachi display drivers, along with all of Extron's device drivers and configuration and control software applications, are available for download from the Extron Web site.

About Hitachi

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

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2004 (ended March 31, 2005) consolidated sales totaled 9,027.0 billion yen ($84.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s Website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About Extron

Extron Electronics, headquartered in Anaheim, CA, is a leading manufacturer of professional A/V system products including computer-video interfaces, switchers, matrix switchers, distribution amplifiers, video scalers, scan converters, signal processing devices, Ethernet control interfaces, and high resolution cables. Extron products are used to integrate video and audio into presentation systems for today's high tech boardrooms, presentation/training centers, university lecture halls, and other applications. For more information, visit www.extron.com/press

Contacts

Hitachi
Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd.
650.244.7900
corbett@hal.hitachi.com

Tamara Deschryver
Hitachi America, Ltd.
650.244.7880
tamara.deschryver@hal.hitachi.com

Daniel O’Connell
Griffin Public Relations & Marketing
(212) 481-3456 x12
doconnell@griffinpr.com

Extron
Elisabeth Do Lam
Extron Electronics
714.491.1500 ext. 6335
edolam@extron.com