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DVD Recordable Special Interest Group Will Exhibit at WinHEC2003

24 April, 2003


Aimed at promoting recordable DVD concepts,
a five-company common exhibit will be
presented during WinHEC2003
(May 6-8, 2003, New Orleans, USA)

Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Pioneer Corporation
Toshiba Corporation

April 24, 2003, Tokyo, Japan: Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, members of the DVD Forum, and Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., will jointly exhibit in a common booth during the upcoming Microsoft WinHEC2003 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.A.) from May 6 through May 8.

The companies each support a variety of recordable DVD standards (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW) as well as a DVD application standard called DVD-VR (DVD Video Recording Specification), all of which were standardized by the DVD Forum. Each company will exhibit products, introduce concepts behind the Forum's recordable DVD standards, and demonstrate compatibility within various products.

Andy Parsons, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Tony Jasionowski, Panasonic Technologies Company, will also participate as panelists in "The WinHEC2003 Writable DVD Panel" session, scheduled for Thursday, May 8.

WinHEC2003

WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) is an important yearly event held by Microsoft Corporation, and relates mainly to Windows operating systems. It consists of a keynote speech, technology conference sessions and an exhibition area. It will be held from May 6 to May 8 in New Orleans this year.

Common Booth

Five companies, fully involved in DVD recordable products, will jointly exhibit in a common promotion effort in the WinHEC2003 hall, under the "DVD Recordable Special Interest Group" name.

The DVD Forum

The DVD Forum is a global organization that establishes and promotes DVD standards. As of March 18, 2003, its membership is comprised of 215 electronics manufacturers, software houses, recording media manufacturers, and other companies from around the world. Of these companies, 17 are steering committee members that oversee the management of DVD Forum activities. Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation are steering committee members.

For further information, please contact:

Hitachi, Ltd.
Ubiquitous Platform Systems
e-mail: koho-ub@itg.hitachi.co.jp

(In the United States)
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Corporate Communications Group
e-mail: gerard.corbett@hal.hitachi.com

Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
Consolidated Management Team
e-mail: pubinfo@hlds.co.jp

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Akira Kadota / Wilson Solano
International PR, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3578-1237
Fax: +81 3 5472-7608

(In the United States)
Jim Reilly
Panasonic
Tel: +1-201-392-6067
e-mail: reillyj@panasonic.com

Pioneer Corporation
Public Relations Department
e-mail: prd_pioneer@post.pioneer.co.jp

Toshiba Corporation
Corporate Communications Office
e-mail: press@toshiba.co.jp


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