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In 2000 Hitachi Denshi, Ltd, Yagi Antenna and Hitachi Kokusai Electric merged into one company as part of a plan to consolidate operations and increase growth. In 2006 the group name of the merged companies changed to Hitachi Kokusai Electric. Hitachi Denshi America, Ltd. became Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. Although the name changed, the same people and products are a part of the new Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd.
The Industrial Video Systems (IVS) Division of Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., was formed in 1963, and is headquartered in Woodbury, N.Y. The IVS division specializes in the sale of miniaturized, solid-state, digital and analog cameras that are used in a wide variety of applications. Our GigE Vision cameras are the newest members of the Hitachi camera family.
Hitachi has developed two new super-high-sensitivity cameras based on a new Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) that solve all of the problems associated with the much older Image Intensifier Tube cameras. For real-time full-motion imaging the color KP-DE500 and the monochrome KP-E500 are designed to work in light levels from 0.0009 to 0.00005 lux respectively.
Hitachi includes the following in its family of cameras: board cameras; single CCD monochrome & color cameras; 3CCD color cameras; megapixel 1K to 5K cameras; RS 170 cameras; progressive scan cameras; near IR cameras; camera link cameras; (FireWireŽ) A and B cameras; GigE Vision cameras; and high-definition cameras.