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October 29, 2004
Tokyo, October 29, 2004 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT / TSE: 6501, "Hitachi"), Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502, "Toshiba"), Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC / TSE: 6752, "Matsushita") and wholly owned Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays, Ltd. ("Hitachi Displays") today officially concluded a joint venture agreement to establish a company to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat panel TVs. This agreement follows a basic agreement signed on August 31 this year. The joint venture, to be called IPS Alpha Technology, Ltd. ("IPS Alpha"), is scheduled to commence operations on January 1, 2005. President of Hitachi Displays, Mr. Fumiaki Yonai, will serve concurrently as president of IPS Alpha.
*1 IPS Alpha will manufacture LCD panels using Hitachi Displays' world-leading IPS mode system technology. Close collaboration with IPS Alpha is expected to achieve synergies in the production of finished products at Hitachi, Toshiba and Matsushita, allowing them to achieve LCD TVs that are even more competitive in terms of performance and price.
*2 IPS Mode System Technology In-Plane-Switching (IPS) mode system is a type of TFT LCD display technology. IPS is distinguished by a wide 170-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically, along with minimal gray-scale inversion and viewing-angle dependency, reproducing lifelike images, which is made possible because the liquid crystal molecules can rotate while remaining parallel to the substrate when a voltage is applied, yielding perfect orientation of the crystals. The advanced super (AS)-IPS mode system for use in televisions, large-screen monitors and other applications achieves an approximate 30% improvement in the aperture ratio over conventional IPS technology. Furthermore, AS-IPS realizes a higher level of brightness and reproduces colors more realistically thanks to high-purity color filters and other proprietary technologies.
Outline of IPS Alpha
(Paragraphs marked *1 and *2 and Items 4. and below in the above outline are based on the prior news release issued on August 31, 2004, titled "Hitachi, Toshiba and Matsushita Agree to Establish a TV LCD Panel Joint Venture.")
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501 / NYSE:HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2003 (ended March 31, 2004) consolidated sales totaled 8,632.4 billion yen ($81.4 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 http://www.hitachi.com.
Toshiba Corporation channels wide-ranging capabilities in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products and power systems into development and innovation in advanced components, products and systems, including LCDs and LCD TVs. Toshiba has 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over U.S.$50 billion. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, Matsushita recorded consolidated net sales of U.S.$71.92 billion for the year ended March 31, 2004. Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on Matsushita and its Panasonic brand, visit the Matsushita's website at http://panasonic.net.