New Hitachi PC for Windows 2000 Ready notebooks and desktops deliver highest corporate computing performance

Milpitas, CA (, November 16, 1998) — Hitachi PC Corporation, today announced its support for the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system. Reinforcing its commitment to delivering the highest performance Mobilized Computing solutions for corporate America, Hitachi PC will offer a suite of Windows 2000 ready notebooks and desktops which will deliver the best performance using Windows, and greatest reliability and security, while helping corporations protect their investment into the future. Effective immediately, Hitachi PC’s VisionBook 7600, 7700 and newly announced VisionBook 800 and VisionBook Traveler 600 series notebook lines, as well as its VisionDesk 1330, 2200, 3400 desktop products are all Windows 2000 Ready, featuring pre-installed Windows NT Workstation 4.0, 64MB RAM and required processor speeds (300MHz for desktops or 233MHz for notebooks).

Dean Miller, Senior Director, Corporate Sales said:
“Our goal is to provide our corporate customers with the highest quality and lowest cost of ownership. This means not only designing products which deliver the maximum performance levels but, more importantly, working closely with other technological leaders to ensure that our products are optimized to take advantage of future technology – helping them prevent early obsolescence.”

“We recognize that, with an installed base of 20 million, Windows NT-based products are fast becoming the solutions of choice. The Windows 2000 Ready criteria will not only help corporations achieve a smooth transition to the next version of this operating system but will immediately deliver the benefits associated with Windows NT 4.0 – highest Windows performance, enhanced reliability and security and lowest cost of ownership.”

Brad Chase, vice president Windows marketing and developer relations at Microsoft said:
“Support from leading manufacturers, such as Hitachi PC, will help customers prepare for Windows 2000 Professional in the future. Our coordinated efforts in hardware and software development will help ensure that corporations achieve the maximum return on their investment today with Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and tomorrow with Windows 2000 Professional.”

All Hitachi VisionDesk and VisionBook products come with Hitachi PC’s standard three year warranty. They form part of Hitachi PC’s end-to-end product offering which is covered by Hitachi’s premier service and support. All products are available through Hitachi PC Corporation’s authorized distributors and value-added resellers.

About Hitachi PC

Hitachi PC Corp. (USA) is a leading developer of Mobilized Computing tools for businesses that provide global reach and universal access to information and resources any time, any place. Hitachi PC designs, manufactures and markets personal computers, PC servers and other products and services that connect workers anywhere in the world to mission-critical information on private and public networks. Backed by Hitachi quality, Hitachi PC is committed to customer satisfaction and provides outstanding, 24-by-7 customer support and industry leading product warranties. Headquartered in Milpitas, California, Hitachi PC Corp. is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT, ) and Hitachi America, Ltd. ( ). For more information on Hitachi PC, please visit .

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