Hitachi Software Goes Green with RoHS-Compliant Starboard BT-2G Bluetooth Wireless System

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA,, May 23, 2007–Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. is proud to announce that its interactive presentation technologies are going green. Following the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) established by the European Union, Hitachi Software is now shipping the RoHS compliant BT-2G Bluetooth System wireless tablet. This compliance ensures that the product will not release the restricted hazardous substances of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and two types of polybrominated fire retardants.

Now available, the BT-2G provides educators, trainers, and corporate presenters with a fully interactive presentation system. The device can be used as a peripheral to any existing StarBoard or as a standalone system. The new BT-2G tablet provides presenters with even greater freedom and versatility, allowing for highly interactive and dynamic communications.

"We are proud to announce that the BT-2G is compliant with the European RoHS standards," commented Tetsuya Wakabayashi, president, Hitachi Software. "This compliance underscores Hitachi Software?s commitment to providing the most interactive and productive presentation systems to educators, presenters and businesses with the highest quality standards–from ease-of-use and feature-sets, to affordability and environmental-friendliness."

The versatile StarBoard BT-2G Bluetooth System features a range of up to 65 feet and a battery life of 24 hours. The charcoal tablet is just 9.5" x 10" x 1.2" and weighs approximately one pound. Together, the unit?s extended range and light weight give educators and presenters extensive roaming capability in any presentation environment.

Additionally, presenters have the ability to connect up to seven BT-2G systems to a PC. The pen which operates the lightweight system is compatible with Hitachi Software?s T-15XL and T-17SXL systems and features an LED battery indicator providing reassurance to users with a low battery warning. The BT-2G tablet also features a writing resolution of 1000 Lpi, which is twice the resolution of its predecessor.

The complete StarBoard family of products also 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; and the StarBoard P-50X 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 Engineering America, Ltd. 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

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Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 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

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