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Toshiba, Hitachi reported consolidating factories - MarketWatch
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NEC abandons Japan's 'next-gen' supercomputer - Register
The project involved NEC, Fujitsu, and Hitachi building a hybrid scalar/vector massively parallel system. NEC is not exiting the parallel vector supercomputer business, which at one point put the company on top of the Top 500 supercomputer list with...
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Business Journal: Targacept & Deere Hitachi - WFMY News 2
Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. plans to cut 553 employees' hours by at least half through September. Citing a "significant slowdown in customer orders for the equipment manufactured by the company," Deere-Hitachi notified Kernersville town...
CommVault-Powered Hitachi Data Protection Suite 8.0 announced - InfoWorld
By Channelworld staff | Channelworld India Hitachi Data Systems and CommVault announced the Hitachi Data Protection Suite 8.0, powered by CommVault. This software is said to a part of an integrated data protection solutions portfolio and includes...
Hitachi, CommVault Upgrade Their Co-op Data Protection Suite - eWeek
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Japan Stocks Gain on Olympus, Nissan Forecasts; Hitachi Drops - Bloomberg
Electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. tumbled 11 percent on a loss prediction that was more than double what analysts had estimated. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average added 41.88, or 0.5 percent, to close at 9340.49 in Tokyo, trimming yesterday's 1.6 percent...
GE Hitachi, subsidiary show public how enrichment works - SmartBrief
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Global Laser Enrichment gave presentations on uranium enrichment Wednesday at a workshop at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Tammy Orr, the chief executive of GLE, said the presentations showed "[the...
Hitachi posts record loss for Japanese manufacturers -
Hitachi said it expected losses to come to ¥270bn this year amid a sharp drop in demand for electronic gadgets, chips and cars incorporating its products. In January it responded to the fall in sales by announcing plans to shed 7000 jobs,...
Japan Hot Stocks-Toyota, shippers, machinery makers, Sony - Forbes
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Hitachi Maxell

The packaging of an unopened Maxell UR (type I) cassette tape. Note the famous Maxell marketing image: a man with his hair, necktie and drink being blown back by the sound from a speaker.

Hitachi Maxell (日立マクセル ,Hitachi Makuseru?) (TYO: 6810), or Maxell, is a Japanese company which manufactures consumer electronics. The company's notable products are batteries and electronics -- the company's name is a contraction of "maximum capacity dry cell" -- and recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs like CD-R/RW and DVD±RW. Additionally, the company sells electronics accessories, like CD and DVD laser cleaners. On March 4, 2008 Maxell announced that they would no longer manufacturer their optical media, but would start contracting other companies to manufacturer Maxell media.

Maxell was formed in 1960 when a dry cell manufacturing plant was created at the company's Osaka registered headquarters. In 1961, Maxell Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. was created out of the dry battery and magnetic tape divisions of Nitto Electric lndustrial Co., Ltd. (now Nitto Denko Corp.).

In the 1980s, Maxell became an icon of pop culture when it produced advertisements popularly known as "Blown Away Guy" for its line of audio cassettes. The original campaign began as a trade ad in 1978 and was made into TV spots in 1979 which ran throughout the 1980s. Steve Steigman was the photographer and Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" was used for music. In the UK the music used was "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky.

The ads depict a man sitting low in a (Le Corbusier) high armed chair (on the right side of the screen) in front of, and facing, a Bang & Olufsen stereo (the left side of the screen). His hair and necktie, along with the lampshade to the man's right and the martini glass on the low table to the man's left, are being blown back by the tremendous sound from speakers in front of him — supposedly due to the audio accuracy of Maxell's product. He is shown desperately clinging to the armrests but defiantly looking ahead at the source of the music through sunglasses, though calmly catching his drink before it slides off the end table. Television commercials showed the chair, as well as a drink and nearby lamp, moving back away from the stereo by the strong force of the sound waves. The image became the de facto standard of those who believed their stereo equipment had sufficient power or accuracy to move the mind and the soul. The model for the UK (not US) ad campaign was musician Peter Murphy of the group Bauhaus. The model for the US campaign, however, was the makeup artist hired for the shoot by photographer Steve Steigman. The impact of the advertising campaign on popular culture still resonates today: "Blown Away Guy" was recently parodied on the popular animated television show "Family Guy" in the episode "Model Misbehavior". This is only the most recent in countless parodies over the years, which includes a parody in the John Ritter film Stay Tuned, (which featured a character's head being blown off by a "Max-Hell" tape).

The music video for P. Diddy's song 'Tell Me', is somewhat reminiscent of the "Blown Away Guy" ad.

Hitachi Maxell, along with Nagasaki University, NIAIST, and Fuji Heavy Industries (the parent company of Subaru, makers of the R1e electric car), has developed a new chemistry for lithium-ion batteries. Part of the change is dropping the expensive cobalt element and using "nano-infused lithium" with manganese, with 20 times more power storage, and the ability to mass-produce it inexpensively.

During the height of the Compact Audio Cassette's popularity, Maxell's audio cassettes were held in high regard, producing some of the finest examples of the standard available. The performance of the XLIIS (CrO2) and MA-X (Metal Oxide) cassettes was regarded by many to be the ultimate achievement in the pre-digital domestic recording medium.

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Hitachi Consulting

Hitachi Consulting is an international management and technology consulting firm with headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in 2000 as subsidiary of the Japanese Hitachi Group and currently employs approximately 2,000 people in the U.S., Japan, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Germany.

Hitachi Consulting was founded through the acquisition of Grant Thornton’s consulting branch in November 2000. Since then the company has acquired a number of competitors, such as WaveBend Solutions from BDO Seidman (June 2001), Tactica Technology (November 2001), Aspirity (April 2004), Dove Consulting (August 2005), Impact Plus through the subsidiary Hitachi Consulting UK (April 2007), Iteration2 (June 2007) and JMN Associates (March 2008). After the dissolvment of Arthur Andersen, 23 partners and 370 consultants of Andersen Business Consulting (AABC) also joined the company in June 2002.

The U.S. subsidiary did not go by the name Hitachi Consulting until May 2003. The Japanese Hitachi company Exsurge was renamed in April 2006 accordingly.

Hitachi Consulting Europe (HCE) was founded in March 2006 through the establishment of subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and most recently Germany. Since November 2005 the firm operates a Global Solution Center in India.

Hitachi Consulting stands in direct competition with consulting firms such as Accenture, BearingPoint, Deloitte or IBM Global Services and focuses on a wide variety of subjects and industries. The company offers solutions in corporate management, customer and channel, strategic technology and supply chain.

35% of the Fortune 100 and 25% of the Global 100 companies are among Hitachi Consulting’s customers. The firm has strategic alliances with Microsoft (Gold Certified Partner), Oracle Corporation (Certified Advantage Partner), SAP (Services Alliance Partner), Lawson and Hyperion.

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The Hitachi Foundation

The Hitachi Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization founded in 1985 with an endowment from Hitachi, Ltd. Its stated purpose is to “improve the quality of life for economically isolated people in the United States and to help Hitachi learn how to better fulfill its responsibilities as a corporate citizen doing business in North America.” The Hitachi Foundation capitalizes “The” in its name as its official title. The foundation concentrates its efforts and funds into three umbrella programs, with numerous projects operating under each one: the Business and Communities Grants Program, the Hitachi Community Action Partnership, and the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community.

The goal of the Business and Communities Grants Program is to enhance the opportunity and quality of life for economically isolated people through business and community partnerships and corporate citizenship efforts. In this program, the Foundation seeks to invest in new solutions for businesses and nonprofit organizations in order to address social challenges, such as how to build career paths for low-income individuals. This, in their view, strengthens businesses and alleviates conditions that perpetuate poverty. One example of its Business and Communities Grants Program is the M-Powered Project. This project was organized by the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Precision Metalforming Association, and supported by The Hitachi Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The initiative showcased a model for dealing with worker shortages in the manufacturing sector. At the same time, the M-Powered Project provided new opportunities for underemployed workers through local colleges, community-based organizations, and employers.

The Hitachi Foundation also joined with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to launch Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work Based Learning for Quality Care. The $14 million initiative supports partnerships between employers and educational institutions to promote the workforce development for frontline healthcare workers. Another major portion of The Hitachi Foundation’s Business and Communities Grants Program is its focus on Corporate Citizenship (also see: Corporate social responsibility).

In 1987, The Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi companies established the Hitachi Community Action Partnership (HCAP) community engagement program. Through this program, teams of Hitachi corporate employees, known as Community Action Committees, identify priority issues facing their communities and make grants and organize volunteer efforts. The Foundation awards grants to match their efforts.

The Yoshiyama Award was initiated in 1988 when Mr. Hirokichi Yoshiyama, former president and Chairman of Hitachi, Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, donated funds upon his retirement to the program. Each year up to 10 high school seniors are hand-picked from hundreds of nominees to receive this award based on the significance and breadth of their service to the community. A diverse panel of leaders from various professions selects the award recipients. Students selected for the Yoshiyama Award are expected to have made sustainable change in their community. The Foundation is especially interested in students whose community-service efforts help underserved individuals move closer to the economic mainstream. Award recipients receive a $5,000 gift, which the student may use however he or she chooses. The Yoshiyama Award is not a scholarship program.

The Hitachi Foundation is a member of the Hands On Network Corporate Service Council Advisory Board; a network of 52 nationally and internationally known corporations and nonprofit organizations – including UPS and 3m – that bring people together to try and solve community problems through service. In September 2005, The Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi America, Ltd. joined together to give a $1,000,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts. The Hitachi Foundation sponsors the Elliot L. Richardson Prize for Excellence in Public Service, a program of the Council for Excellence in Government The Hitachi Foundation sponsors the State of Corporate Citizenship Survey, administered by the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

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Hitachi 6309

The 6309 is Hitachi's CMOS version of the Motorola 6809 microprocessor. While in "Emulation Mode" it is fully compatible with the 6809. To the 6809 specifications it adds higher clock rates, enhanced features, new instructions, and additional registers. Most new instructions were added to support the additional registers, as well as up to 32-bit math, hardware division, bit manipulations, and block transfers. The 6309 is generally 30% faster in native mode than the 6809.

Surprisingly, this information was never published by Hitachi. The April 1988 issue of Oh! FM, a Japanese magazine for Fujitsu personal computer users, contained the first description of the 6309's additional capabilities. Later, Hirotsugu Kakugawa posted details of the 6309's new features and instructions to comp.sys.m6809. This led to the development of NitrOS9 for the Tandy Color Computer 3.

The 6309 differs from the 6809 in several key areas.

The 6309 is fabricated in CMOS technology, while the 6809 is an NMOS device. As a result, the 6309 requires less power to operate than the 6809. It is also a fully static device, which will not lose internal state information. This means it can be used with external DMA without needing refresh every 14 cycles as the 6809 does.

When switched into 6309 Native Mode (as opposed to the default 6809-compatible mode) many key instructions will complete in fewer clock cycles. This often improves execution speeds by up to 30%.

Most of the new instructions are modifications of existing instructions to handle the existence of the additional registers, such as load, store, add, and the like. Genuine 6309 additions include inter-register arithmetic, block transfers, hardware division, and bit-level manipulations.

Despite the user-friendliness of the additional instructions, analysis by 6809 programming gurus indicates that many of the new instructions are actually slower than the equivalent 6809 code, especially in tight loops. Careful analysis should be done to ensure that the programmer uses the most efficient code for the particular application.

It is possible to change the mode of operation for the FIRQ interrupt. Instead of stacking the PC and CC registers (normal 6809 behavior) the FIRQ interrupt can be set to stack the entire register set, as the IRQ interrupt does. In addition, The 6309 has two possible trap modes, one for an illegal instruction fetch and one for division by zero. The illegal instruction fetch is not maskable, and many TRS-80 Color Computer users reported that their 6309's were "buggy" when in reality it was an indicator of enhanced and unknown features.

This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.

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Source : Wikipedia