26 Sep 2005
BEER-SHEVA, Israel & OSAKA, Japan - Hitachi Air Conditioning Systems Ltd., a leading supplier of air conditioning solutions, has launched a series of new PLC (Power Line Communication) enabled A/C products. These products, now available in the Japanese market, are based on Yitran's IT800 high-performance narrowband PLC chip, enabling monitoring and control of air conditioners over the existing electrical wires.
“This important step is well within Hitachi's vision, to create richer lives and a better society by providing products, systems, and services with a new level of value and potential based on the latest advances in technology,” said Mr. Takazumi Ishizu, President and Director, Hitachi Air Conditioning Systems. “The partnership with Yitran, the robustness of the communication offered by the IT800 chip and its low cost, enable us to ‘Inspire the Next’ and will enable more products targeting enhanced comfort and better life quality.”
The launch made by Hitachi follows the adoption of the IT800 chip as baseline technology for the home automation standard issued by the Japanese ECHONET consortium and the launch of a variety of PLC enabled appliances also based on Yitran's IT800, made earlier this year by LG Electronics.
“We are very excited that our IT800 chip is embedded in Hitachi's new line of A/C products and that we are further strengthening our position in the command and control market,” said Avner Matmor, Yitran's CEO. “We've achieved yet another important milestone and our technology is being established as the standard for PLC in-home automation. This is also another step towards the implementation of the ‘Smart Home’ concept. After LG and Hitachi, we expect additional manufacturers, currently in advanced development stages, to introduce additional IT800 based PLC enabled appliances and products for the home.”