Hitachi Celebrates 100-year Anniversary with New HDTV Products at NAB

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will celebrate Hitachi’s 100-year anniversary at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas at booth C4309.  A host of new products, including a wide sampling of Hitachi Kokusai’s HDTV product line will highlight the company’s new booth design at NAB this year. Products ranging from cameras, encoders, digital microwave systems to ISDB-T transmitters will be exhibited.

“In the dawn of this economically challenging decade, we’re particularly proud to celebrate our 100th corporate anniversary,” says Yuichi Otsuka, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s new presidential appointment. “Since 1910, Hitachi has been recognized throughout the world as a technology leader.  More than ever; we’re committed to the American broadcasting market and to providing outstanding service and support for our existing customers, and looking for new business opportunities.”

Among the products being shown, Hitachi’s SK-HD1000 camera line was recently used extensively and rigorously during the Vancouver Winter Games by Canada’s leading broadcaster CTV. The SK-HD1000 camera system employed an advanced Internet control system provided significant savings in terms of operators needed to control the cameras. The SK-HD1000 and Z-HD5000 camera systems can be configured and controlled using off-the-shelf IT routing and switching equipment.

Two new point-of-view (POV) cameras are also being introduced at NAB this year.  The DK-H100 and DK-Z50 share physical design, chassis, lenses, and accessories. They both have: 2/3-in IT CCDs; switchable 59.94/50Hz operation; simultaneous SMPTE-292M 1920x1080i; SMPTE-259M SD-SDI and analog (Y,Pb,Pr/ RGBS) HD outputs; TCP/IP network control; motorized five-position filter wheel; variable shutter to 1/10,000sec.; 14-bit ADC; 38-bit DSP; full integration/ compatibility with existing SK-HD1000/ Z-HD5000 control panels and; a newly developed “control teaming mode” that improves matched camera characteristics, performance and controls for 3D production rig applications.  The difference in the two cameras is in the sensors used. The DK-H100 has 2.3 million pixel IT-CCDs employed in the top-of-the-line SK-HD1000.  The DK-Z50 employs the same sensor as the existing Z-HD500 HDTV camera.

“Hitachi Kokusai is exhibiting several notable technologies,” says Sean Moran, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America National Sales Manager.  “We’ve fortified our commitment to providing the best value in production HDTV cameras with a new lower-priced configuration of our popular Z-HD5000 fiber-optic HDTV camera system.  And with the mindshare being captured by 3D-HDTV, Hitachi continues to develop the advanced visual technologies that are embraced by the market.”

A real-time HD production workflow system will be exhibited between the Hitachi Kokusai Electric America booth and the Hitachi Data Systems/SAN Solutions booth (SL2327) that employs existing Hitachi technology, enabling the user to wirelessly transmit, capture, and make immediately available HD content for production and post-production workflows implemented in Hitachi enterprise-class servers and storage.

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