Hitachi and Codehost Inc., combine efforts for development of handwriting recognition software for Hitachi’s 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 Unit’s 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. “Codehost’s software expertise in combination with Hitachi’s 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

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 OEMs 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. Codehost’s 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.

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