Jump to the main text

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., Research & Development

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.

Research Topics

San Jose Innovative Solutions Laboratory (SNSL)

SAN Solutions Lab (SNSL)
2825 Lafayette Street, MS3411
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138
Fax 408.327.3474


The San Jose Innovative Solutions Laboratory (SNSL) in Santa Clara, California, was established in December 1999 as the R&D team on IT platforms, specialized on storage systems, storage management software and storage solutions. The group has worked on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and other storage system products. 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 and cloud computing as well as platform for real-time analysis of IT infrastructure and healthcare IT systems.

Research Topics

Wireless Systems Research Laboratory (WSRL)

Wireless Systems Research Laboratory (WSRL)
2845 Lafayette Street, MS3201
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138
Fax 408.327.3474

The wireless systems research laboratory (WSRL), formed in 2005, is the North American unit of the global telecommunications research and development activities in Hitachi Ltd. The current focus of WSRL is on research and standardization of next-generation wireless systems with emphasis on 4G LTE-Advanced cellular systems. WSRL contributes to Hitachi’s patent portfolio, participates actively in 3GPP standardization meetings, and closely collaborates with the product and business units through extensive algorithms and simulator development. WSRL members regularly publish in leading academic journals and conferences. A sample of various current projects in WSRL is,

  1. Efficient operations of 3GPP Release 12 small cells and dynamic TDD based networks.
  2. Elevation beamforming and three dimensional MIMO.
  3. Signal processing and resource allocation for base station coordination (CoMP)
  4. End to end traffic and mobility management in a LTE network

Previously WSRL had participated in IEEE 802.11 standardization activities and played an active role in the formation of IEEE standard 802.11aa. WSRL 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 research lab in Tokyo, Japan and research lab in Beijing, China. WSRL also promotes ties with leading academic institutions for research collaboration.

Research Topics

User Experience Design Lab (UXDL)

User Experience Design Lab (UXDL)
2845 Lafayette Street, MS3201
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138
Fax 408.327.3474

The User Experience Design Lab (UXDL) in Santa Clara, California, was established in April 2011.The mission is to enhance user experience of products and services in Hitachi IT business through research and design. Today, the activities are focused on IT management software. The usability tests and field research are conducted to understand user’s needs, the design solutions are designed for current products and future visions, collaborating with stakeholders and customers.

Big Data Lab (BDL)

Big Data Lab (BDL)
2825 Lafayette Street, MS3411
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone 408.970.7138
Fax 408.327.3474

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.