March 20, 2003

Hitachi Announces Strategic Partnership with Codehost

Codehost Inc writes "Hitachi and Codehost Inc., combine efforts for development of handwriting
recognition software for Hitachis VisionPlate Linux-based Wireless Tablet.SANTA CLARA, CA and CULVER CITY, CA February, 2003 The Hitachi Internet
Platform Business Unit, a part of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and Linux software
developer Codehost, Inc. today announced a software development agreement for
wireless tablets running the Linux operating system. Codehost has developed a
handwriting recognition interface for the Linux version of the Hitachi
VisionPlate Wireless Tablet, providing industries that require mobile computing
a low-cost alternative.

We are very pleased to be Hitachi Internet Platform Business Units software
development partner, said Codehost CEO Sam Bizri. With our experience in Linux
software development, we feel Codehost can be an instrumental partner in
developing applications for a number of vertical markets that improve efficiency
of data collection and processing without affecting the human interaction, in
this case the doctor-patient relationship.

"We are pleased to be working with Codehost," stated Shigemi Adachi, general
manager of the Hitachi Internet Platform Business Unit. "Codehosts software
expertise in combination with Hitachis experience in wireless products and
solutions will provide exciting out-of-the box solutions for our customers."

This initiative will be focused on industries such as healthcare, allowing
physicians to capture, store and document clinical data at the point of care.
The graphical interface will include a handwriting recognition engine, and will
be integrated with solutions developed by ReCare, the leader in wireless
physician-centric charting systems. The Linux-based VisionPlate Wireless Tablet
gives IT departments in healthcare facilities and hospitals a low cost,
full-featured solution allowing healthcare providers to capture notation in the
form of digital ink. The handwriting recognition interface provides physicians
the flexibility and intuitiveness of a memo pad in an electronic medical record,
and offers time savings through real-time transcription and transcription
approval.

About Hitachi
Hitachi's Internet Platform Business Unit provides state of the art wireless
solutions in many of today's vertical markets, such as: healthcare, hospitality,
education, insurance, real estate, heavy manufacturing, retail, transportation,
and government. The flagship solution, the VisionPlate, is a powerful,
practical, expandable, flexible and intrinsically safe wireless tablet PC that
enables companies to perform critical business practices such as Data Entry and
Processing, Inventory and Receiving, Monitoring and Tracking, Internet, E-Mail
and a host of other functions, all with the unbridled freedom necessary for
today's fast moving business environment.

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company, with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2001
(ended March 31, 2002) consolidated sales totaled 7,994 billion yen ($60.1
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 Web site at
http://global.hitachi.com.

About Codehost, Inc.
Codehost is focused on developing custom applications and turnkey solutions for
a variety of hardware manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies. With their
expertise in a number of operating system platforms, hardware architectures,
embedded technologies and peripheral devices, Codehost strives to establish
long-term relationships with OEM's to support and grow their market share, while
helping them enter emerging market segments.

Codehost has emerged as a leader in key areas of Linux development. Codehosts
BrightQ has been adopted as the standard printing solution for UNIX and Linux
by top printing manufacturers such as Ricoh Corporation and Samsung Electronics.
Through their embedded Linux initiatives, Codehost offers its clients a suite of
development services including application and driver development, and OS
tuning.

More information is available at
www.codehost.com.

 

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