Hitachi and Elonex sign Technology Agreement

LONDON, England, April 2nd, 1998 — London-based PC manufacturer Elonex Plc today announced that Elonex Plc and Hitachi, Ltd. of Tokyo have signed agreements concerning the Elonex worldwide patent portfolio, including Elonex’s PC display power management technology. Power management systems allow PC displays to consume less power after user-defined or default idle periods.

Under the agreements, Hitachi obtains a license under the patents in Elonex’s worldwide patent portfolio, and becomes Elonex’s agent to grant further licenses to Japanese computer, monitor and printer companies. The more particular terms of the agreements are confidential.

Elonex’s portfolio encompasses a range of patents covering modular computing, PDAs and printer power management, as well as the monitor power management technology covered by U.S. Patent Numbers 5,389,952 and 5,648,799. These patents comprise more than twenty independent claims directed to the power management of peripheral devices including display monitors; and enable PC systems to be energy efficient. Complying with energy conservation standards is an increasingly important feature of supplying PC systems to all government agencies and independent organisations world-wide who require compliance with reduced power consumption standards, such as the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) DPMS standard. Displays typically consume a significant portion of the power used in a desktop computer system.

Elonex’s Commercial Director, Mr. Michael Spiro, said that the agreement marks an important step in Elonex’s licensing program. “We currently have no presence in Japan from which to base potential technology dealings with the Japanese firms who are so important in the industry. We are delighted that the arrangement will enable us to have the immediate benefit of Hitachi’s formidable Intellectual Property Office in this endeavour.”

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Elonex plc supplies complete IT solutions to a customer base that ranges from private individuals to multinational corporations and government departments. The company designs, manufactures, markets and supports a complete range of desktop PCs, notebooks, and network servers. It also provides computer support services encompassing system specification, configuration, installation and maintenance. Elonex’s hardware products are built to order at its London headquarters and at other sites in Europe. It has seven sister companies around the world. Elonex is one of the few computer specialists which designs and manufactures its own Pcs. It has a large patent portfolio incorporating diverse technologies for many different industry sectors.

Further information about Elonex and its products can be found on its World Wide Web site: For further information, please contact Michelle Horner at Elonex Plc on 0181 452 4444; Fax: 0181 452 6422; E-mail:

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1996 (ending March 31, 1997) consolidated sales of 8,523 billion yen ($68.7 billion). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi ‘s Web site at