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Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., Research & Development

Hitachi America, Research and Development Division (R&D) was established in 1989 as part of Hitachi's strategy to locate research centers close to industry-leading advanced markets.

Over the years, Hitachi America R&D has pursued research with leading business partners and research institutions, supporting many backbone businesses of Hitachi including semiconductors, automotive systems, IT platforms and networks.

Today, Hitachi America R&D is applying this market/customer-driven approach in developing innovative solutions to lead Hitachi's "Social Innovation Business" in the Americas. As a part of the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Hitachi America R&D works together with customers to address known and hidden issues, leveraging and integrating Hitachi's broad technology portfolio as well as its experience in operations to provide the optimal solution for our customer-base in the US. Customer-values are confirmed through proof-of-concept prototypes in the customer environment, facilitating the rapid development of product-level solutions.

Our highly skilled research teams are strategically located in Santa Clara, California and Farmington Hills, Michigan, in five laboratories: Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL), Big Data Laboratory (BDL), IT Platform Systems Laboratory (IPSL), Network Systems Laboratory (NSL) and User Experience Design Laboratory (UXDL).

Hitachi America R&D also works closely with the Hitachi South America, Ltda., R&D Division.

Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL)

Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL)
34500 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Phone 248.474.2800
Fax 248.473.8420

In 1989, Hitachi America R&D opened one of its first laboratories, the Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL), in Michigan, USA. APL's research concentrates on low-emission vehicle components, automotive electronics, and driveline controls for the North American market in collaboration with Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. We are strategically located in the Detroit Suburbs to be close to our main U.S. automotive customers. This proximity allows closer interaction for engineering, research and direct communication with Hitachi local customers.

The scope of the technical work is to introduce new concepts for vehicle electronics, emission reducing systems, and vehicle dynamics. Our activities include projects on embedded system development for automotive controllers, system and component modeling, Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH), Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). We apply both Model Based Design (MBD) and experimental methodologies in our development projects.

APL consists of full time researchers with at least a Master's degree in engineering. Our researchers have access to state of the art facilities such as a simulation laboratory, engine dynamometers, NVH and EMC test facilities. We collaborate with Hitachi R&D laboratories in Japan and other continents in many automotive projects. Our laboratory also provides an internship opportunity for university students that are enrolled in advanced engineering or science programs.

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Big Data Laboratory (BDL)

Big Data Lab (BDL)
2825 Lafayette Street, MS3421
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138

The Big Data Lab (BDL) was newly established in April 2013. The mission is to create innovative solutions leveraging big data & advanced analytics technologies, as well as accelerate Hitachi’s big data businesses through the creation of key IP, PoCs and showcases. Leveraging Hitachi’s technologies, the Big Data Laboratory will contribute to the realization of Hitachi’s vision of “Social Innovation” and establish Hitachi as a leader in big data.

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IT Platform Systems Laboratory (IPSL)

SAN Solutions Lab (SNSL)
2845 Lafayette Street, MS3201
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138

The IT Platform Systems Laboratory (IPSL) in Santa Clara, California, was established in December 1999 as the R&D team on IT platforms, specialized on storage systems and solutions. Today, in the time horizontally aligned and/or vertically integrated offerings are important, the scope of research has extended to data center management, virtualization, converged IT, cloud computing and analytics platform for solution co-created with customers.

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Network Systems Laboratory (NSL)

Wireless Systems Research Laboratory (WSRL)
2845 Lafayette Street, MS3201
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138

The Network Systems Laboratory (NSL) is Hitachi’s North American unit of the global network systems research and development activities in Hitachi Ltd. NSL focuses on different verticals such as telecommunications, enterprise networks, field area networks, and connectivity in IoT. NSL contributes to Hitachi’s patent portfolio by developing original technologies, validates them through hardware prototyping and extensive system-level simulations and closely collaborates with the product and business units for developing PoCs through customer co-creation.

NSL focuses, among other projects, on end-to-end network optimization and analytics. NSL also monitors and participates in various standardization activities including 3GPP 4G/5G, IEEE 802.11, and Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). A sample of the most recent projects in NSL is,

  1. Joint RAN and CN congestion-aware video QoE optimization for cellular networks
  2. End-to-end network analytics and optimization for enterprise WiFi networks
  3. A prototyping platform for dense cellular, WiFi, and IoT networks

Previously, NSL (WSRL) participated in 3GPP cellular standardization discussions and meetings, focusing on RAN1, RAN2, and SA2 . NSL has also been involved in IEEE 802.11 standardization activities, and played an active role in the formation of IEEE standard 802.11aa . NSL had also worked on enabling reliable video transfer over wireless systems and organized a demonstration at global Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2008 under the umbrella of Hitachi, Ltd.

The lab has a small and dedicated team of researchers co-located with Hitachi Data Systems, Corp. in Santa Clara, California and works closely with researchers in Hitachi's Central for Social Innovation (CSI), and Hitachi’s Center for Technology Innovation (CTI), in Tokyo. NSL also promotes ties with leading academic institutions for research collaboration.

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User Experience Design Laboratory (UXDL)

User Experience Design Lab (UXDL)
2845 Lafayette Street, MS3201
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138


The User Experience Design Lab (UXD) in Santa Clara, California, was established in April 2011. Its mission is to enhance experiences with Hitachi products and services through social science research and design. Today, its involvement has expanded from IT management software to cross-industrial solution business.

Social science research activities such as ethnography and usability testing, among other activities, are conducted to understand customer’s challenges and contexts. Based on the research findings, design solutions for current and future products and services as well as future visions are created, collaborating with other stakeholders and customers.

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