DALLAS, TEXAS, www.hitachi.us, October 9, 2006–Hitachi Software today launched StarBoard Software version 7.1, an upgrade to the advanced interactive presentation software that allows presenters and educators to annotate directly on an existing platform program. Announced at Educause 2006, this new upgrade to the StarBoard Software features deferred hand-writing recognition and projector control, providing end-users in the education and corporate markets with an even more powerful and versatile interactive presentation solution.

“The Starboard Software 7.1 upgrade is a great way for presenters in all applications to enhance their functionality and customization capabilities,” said Jim Phillips, StarBoard Products western regional sales manager, Hitachi Software Engineering America. “The advanced new features included in version 7.1 culminate in a compelling interactive solution, providing the end-user more control over the software and accompanying projector. This addition to the StarBoard Software family further emphasizes Hitachi Software’s dedication to creating an all around interactive presentation solution.” The new StarBoard Software version 7.1 represents the latest technologies available for interactive presentations. Several of the features included in version 7.1 are:

*Deferred hand-writing recognition enabling users to change handwriting into text, as well as control the timing of when that change occurs

*TWAIN Support feature allows user to import the image captures from the TWAIN device into the StarBoard Software

*MSI Installer provides the ability to deploy the software automatically from a network server

*Projector Control feature allows user to control the Hitachi projector on a network (using PJman software control), enabling user to power the projector on or off, as well as switch input mode

Hitachi StarBoard Software version 7.1 for Windows® applications is now available and is included with all new StarBoard Systems including interactive whiteboards, panels and plasmas. For Mac® users, Hitachi Software also offers the StarBoard Software LE version 2.0 for Mac applications.

The Hitachi Software StarBoard family of products includes the StarBoard FX-Series of interactive whiteboards widely used in both education and business applications; the StarBoard T-Series interactive panels with applications in lecture halls and training rooms allowing presenters and teachers the ability to face the class while manipulating the screen; the lightweight StarBoard BT-2G Bluetooth Tablet system that is small enough to be portable and allows presenters to roam up to 65 feet away and still control a presentation; and the StarBoard P-55X interactive plasma display for use in smaller boardrooms or classrooms.

About Hitachi

Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division’s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders and DVD players. The division’s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM. Hitachi Software develops advanced interactive communications tools for education, training and boardroom applications including interactive whiteboards, plasma displays and tablets all powered by the company’s category-leading StarBoard software. For more information about Hitachi Software, visit www.hitachi-soft.com.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi’s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 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 website at www.hitachi.com.


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