Hitachi has announced its fall 2005 "Prius N series" nine PC products.
Highlighted products include the "Prius Deck DH75N/DH73N," the industry's first PC that features HDMI terminals.
Hitachi also unveiled the "Prius Air AR37N," the company's first PC that supports recording and playback of terrestrial digital broadcast video programs.
Hitachi develops the Prius Deck series, assuming the series products are
connected to other products including PCs and PDP TVs and used as a home
server to download digital contents via the Internet. For this purpose,
memory capacity of the hard disc drive particularly in the DH75N was
expanded to 500 GB. On the other hand, the noteworthy feature of the Prius
Air AR37N is that the PC is able to receive and record terrestrial digital
broadcast video programs. It also can be connected to such equipment as
PDP TVs using D plugs (D1-D4). A "B-CAS card" slot is located on the back
of the Prius Air AR37 N console.
Regarding the HDMI 1.1 interface, Hitachi's spokesperson explained, "At
the current moment, only few TVs support HDMI plugs. However, we are
certain that HDMI will be the key format soon, so our plug technology will
be unified to HDMI in the future." For the time being, Hitachi intends to
use both D and HDMI plugs in its TVs and monitors.
The Prius Deck PC series feature an ultra-thin case (59mm width) and is
equipped with a Pentium D 820 (2.80GHz) CPU. The HDMI interface is
connected to the Intel 945G Express chipset through a special HDMI
transmitter developed by Silicon Image.