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Hitachi America, Ltd.

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 six laboratories: Automotive Products Research Laboratory (APL), Big Data Laboratory (BDL), Digital Solution Platform Laboratory (DSPL), 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.

Detroit Research Center

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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Silicon Valley Research Center

Big Data Laboratory (BDL)

Big Data Lab (BDL)
3315 Scott Boulevard, 4th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3103
Phone 408.986.6300

The Big Data Laboratory (BDL) was established in June 2013, to create innovative solutions leveraging big data and advanced analytics technologies, as well as to accelerate Hitachi’s big data business through the creation of key IP, PoCs and showcases. By drawing on the breadth of Hitachi technology and expertise, and co-creating with customers and partners, BDL experts are contributing to the realization of Hitachi’s vision of Social Innovation and helping to establish Hitachi as a leader in big data and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions.

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Digital Solution Platform Laboratory (DSPL)

Digital Solution Platform Laboratory (DSPL)
3315 Scott Boulevard, 4th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3103
Phone 408.986.6300

Digital Solution Platform Laboratory (DSPL) was established in April 2016. Digitalization is revolutionizing many industries, and this provides tremendous opportunities for information technology (IT) to significantly impact society for the better. Imagine how intelligent, interconnected “digital partners” such as autonomous vehicles and robots could support our daily lives! We foresee new digital solutions that leverage these kinds of partners to enrich society.

Systematic development of digital solutions require a novel service platform integrated with advanced big data analytics, IoT, security, core-edge design and the combination of historical and streaming data processing. In addition to 100 years of history, Hitachi has an impressive breadth of expertise in IT and operation technology (OT) in a wide range of industry sectors, from energy and urban development to logistics and finance. DSPL will contribute to society through service platform R&D for digital solutions by embedding the Hitachi’s expertise.

IT Platform Systems Laboratory (IPSL)

SAN Solutions Lab (SNSL)
3315 Scott Boulevard, 4th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3103
Phone 408.986.6300

The IT Platform Systems Laboratory (IPSL) was established in 1999 as the R&D team focused on IT platforms. The scope of research is software defined infrastructure, IT management, cloud computing and analytics platform for network solutions. To enable agile development and operation for new digital services, IPSL is now developing software multi-defined infrastructure based on our enterprise platform technologies and IT management technology for cloud computing. In addition, IPSL is developing “first of its kind” network, packet level and application analytics solutions targeting customers offering video, voice and data services to hundreds of millions of mobile, Wi-Fi and wire-line subscribers. Our solutions utilize stream data processing engine and time-series database that enable real-time, flexible and scalable analytics.

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Network Systems Laboratory (NSL)

Wireless Systems Research Laboratory (WSRL)
3315 Scott Boulevard, 4th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3103
Phone 408.986.6300

The Network Systems Laboratory (NSL) was established in 2004 with a focus on contributing to Hitachi’s infrastructure business. Similar to other Hitachi labs, we are also an applied research group focusing on solving real world problems through customer co-creation approach starting from problem identification to solution co-creation. We are responsible for developing solutions and technologies encompassing sensing, connectivity, and edge analytics for Hitachi’s IoT platform to accelerate integration of IT and OT across various market segments such as energy, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and smart cities.

We are currently developing technologies to enable an end-to-end secure, reliable and scalable IoT platform with turnkey connectivity from sensors to the analytics platform, cloud managed domain-aware edge analytics solutions, fault-tolerant and optimized field networks. Additionally, we actively participate in global standardization activities such as Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), International Society of Automation (ISA-99) and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to share Hitachi’s technology vision for a safe and reliable infrastructure for society.

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User Experience Design Laboratory (UXDL)

User Experience Design Lab (UXDL)
3315 Scott Boulevard, 4th Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3103
Phone 408.986.6300


The User Experience Design Laboratory (UXD) was established in April 2011, to enhance user experience with Hitachi products and services through social science research and design. Today, its involvement has expanded from IT management software to the cross-industrial solution business. Foresight workshops, ethnography, usability evaluations and other processes are conducted to deeply and fully understand customer challenges, opportunities and their contexts. In collaboration with customers and other stakeholders, UXD create future visions and design solutions for current and future products and services.

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