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06/10/2002


Hitachi Introduces Newest Members of Ultra-Portable Projector Family


Jun 10, 2002 16:39 PM

-- New CP-S317W and CP-X327W LCD Projectors Provide High-quality Output and Advanced Features for Budget-conscious Presenters --

LAS VEGAS, http://www.hitachi.us/, June 10, 2002 - Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (NYSE: HIT), today announced the ultra-portable CP-S317W and CP-X327W, the latest additions to Hitachi's comprehensive line of multimedia projectors. Feature-rich with a low price point, the projectors are ideal for budget-conscious presenters in the education field, and other industries where high-quality presentations are necessary. The CP-S317W and CP-X327W, which feature SVGA and XGA resolution respectively, will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2002 in Booth #7081 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas from June 12 - 14, 2002.

"Even though many professional presenters are on a limited budget, it doesn't mean they have to settle for a poor-quality projector," said Pete Denes, director of sales for Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, Visual Display Products. "Hitachi's innovative technology and commitment to high quality is what drives us to create products like the CP-S317W and CP-X327W, both of which provide advanced image quality and product features that truly cater to the customers' specific presentation needs."

High Quality in a Small Footprint As a portable six-pound footprint, the CP-S317W and CP-X327W are packed with several high-quality specifications. While both projectors possess a brightness of 1,500 ANSI lumens and a 300:1 contrast ratio, the CP-X327W features native XGA resolution for added image sharpness and clarity. The CP-S317W provides SVGA resolution at a lower cost, for more budget-conscious presenters.

Increased Flexibility
The CP-S317W and CP-X327W feature vertical and horizontal digital keystone correction, making them ideal for classrooms, allowing educators to work around seating arrangements where students can easily obstruct the path of the projected image. Also, a programmable startup screen is included for increased user flexibility. Both projectors also possess numerous connectivity options, including component, composite and S-Video, and feature two RGB inputs and one RGB output for added versatility. Additionally, both projectors are HDTV compatible and feature digital zoom and freeze functions, further adding to the range of options.

Quiet Operation The CP-S317W and CP-X327W also feature Hitachi's Whisper Mode, a standard on all new Hitachi projectors, allowing users to reduce the noise to near-whisper levels, with a minimal reduction in brightness. Both projectors operate at 33 decibels in Whisper Mode.

Pricing and Availability Priced at $6,495 and $7,495 respectively, the CP-S317W and CP-X327W will be available beginning in September 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, LCD/LCOS 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 a leading global electronics company, with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2001(ended March 31, 2002) consolidated sales totaled 7,994 billion yen ($60.1 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 Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.

Preliminary Specifications
CP-S317W - Native SVGA Resolution (800 x 600 color pixels)
CP-X327W - Native XGA Resolution (1,024 x 768 color pixels)v Both Projectors Contain the Following Specifications:
Versatile connectivity - Component, Composite, S-Video, two RGB inputs; one RGB output Ultra-portable - 6 pounds
Brightness - 1,500 lumens (1,200 lumens in Whisper Mode)
High Contrast Ratio - 300:1
Digital Keystone Correction - both vertical and horizontal
HDTV compliant
Digital Zoom and Freeze Function
FCC Class B Compliant
Wireless Remote Control - includes Laser Pointer and Mouse Function
Built-in Speaker (1W x 1 stereo)
Warranty - 3 years parts and labor, 90 days for the lamp

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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

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