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HITACHI UNVEILS ULTIMATE MICRO-PORTABLE SVGA PROJECTOR

CP-S220W Offers Highest Quality Features at Affordable Price

BRISBANE, Calif., www.hitachi.com, May 23, 2000 – Hitachi America, Ltd., today announced a revolutionary new addition to its superior LCD multimedia projector suite, the five-pound CP-S220W. One of the most cost-effective units in its class, the CP-S220W offers maximum image output and quality in a small footprint. The CP-S220W will debut at INFOCOMM 2000 in Anaheim, CA on June 15 - June 17, 2000.

The CP-S220W is priced at $4,295.00 and will be available in August via Hitachi's network of nationwide resellers.

Featuring a uniquely slim and lightweight design, the CP-S220W has a remarkably short projection throw producing a 60-inch diagonal image from five feet to the screen. This feature allows the presenter to have a large projected image even in rooms with limited space. In addition, the CP-S220W offers crisp, clear images and low background noise, making it the solution of choice for any and all presentation needs, including mobile presentations, boardroom meetings, home use and small office-home office applications. The CP-S220W is the first Hitachi LCD projector to offer unmatched features, quality and price in an ultra-portable case.

"Hitachi continues to set the stage for the ultra-portable LCD projector market," said Pete Denes, national sales manager of Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, Multimedia Products. "The CP-S220W offers an unparalleled combination of features and options in a compact design, reinforcing Hitachi's commitment to its wide corporate and consumer customer base."

At 800 lumens, the CP-S220W weighs five pounds and has a thickness of 2.4 inches. The unit is equipped with a sliding lens cover, built in speaker, and lighted control buttons for ease of use in a dark room. The CP-S220W also features an optional remote mouse unit. For more information visit Hitachi's Web site at www.hitachi.com/lcd.

Key Features
Ultra-portable – 5 pounds
Compact Body – 2.4" thickness
Short Throw Distance – 60"" diagonal screen from only 5' away
Bright – 700 lm
Low Acoustic Noise – 34 dB
Digital Keystone Correction – +/- 10%
Sliding Lens Cover
Versatile and Easy to Connect – 1 RGB input with video (S-video and composite) and audio input
Clear Sound – Built-in Speaker
Optional Remote Mouse Unit
Automatic Setup – Simple Plug-and-Play
True SVGA Resolution – Compressed XGA (1024x768)
Warranty – 2 years parts and labor, 90 days on the lamp

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 and DVD optical drives, digital multimedia recorders, hand-held computers, LCD projectors, CRT monitors, color laser beam printers and flat panel and plasma displays.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems, consumer electronics and semiconductor products, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S. Additional information is available at Hitachi America's web site at http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen ($75.5 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://www.hitachi.co.jp. *At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar.