• Kaoru Yano (Chairman)
  • Nobuhiro Endo (President)

NEC Corporation (English formerly Nippon Electric Company; jap日本 电 気 株式会社, Nippon Denki Kabushiki - gaisha ), listed on the Nikkei 225, ISIN JP3733000008, was founded in 1899 by Kunihiko Iwadare and is now considered part of the Sumitomo Group, a global electronics company. Headquarters of NEC Super Tower in Shiba 5, Tokyo, Japan. NEC Electronics products manufactures of electronic components to digital cinema projectors with over 155,000 employees worldwide.


At its founding, NEC was the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital. Co-founder at that time was the Western Electric Company, a manufacturer of telephone equipment, which belongs to the Bell Company. NEC began with the manufacture of telephones and switchboards.

Priorities of the operating field of NEC contract chips, supercomputers, personal computers, laptops, monitors, peripheral devices (such as computer printers ) and the development of HD-DVD, which should replace the DVD, but the competition format Blu -ray failed disc. Goes even further by the latest research and design with the "protein - DVD" in cooperation with U.S. researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston. These discs are coated with a layer of the produced from genetically modified bacterial protein bacteriorhodopsin and should hold up to 50 terabytes. Contract chips of the NEC Corporation has been used for example in the video -game consoles, Sega Dreamcast and Sega Saturn. NEC but also produced their own consoles like the PC Engine, Turbo Duo and PC -FX.

NEC succeeded in the first UMTS mobile phone which supports video calling (NEC 606), to mass produce and correspondingly high numbers. This was sold exclusively via the mobile operator "3". Due to development and delivery delays, this was also crucial for the delayed launch of '3 ' in the UK.

On 11 March 2002, NEC took the supercomputer Earth Simulator in operation. With about 40 TFLOPS Earth Simulator introduced some years the list of the most powerful computers in the world. It is used almost exclusively for environmental monitoring, particularly around climate and predict natural disasters and alleviate their effects so as to help.

Also in 2002, NEC Electronics Corporation was established, outsourcing the semiconductor activities of the Group. With approximately 24,000 employees, NEC Electronics 2006 thus reached a turnover of approximately 646 billion yen. This division was merged with Renesas Technology on April 1, 2010 Renesas Electronics.

In January 2011 it was announced that NEC and Lenovo will merge in the PC business. Through joint development, production and material procurement synergies to be created, the two companies will help to narrow the gap to market leader HP. The new joint venture 51% owned by Lenovo and 49% by NEC. The end products will continue to be sold under the existing brand name.

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In October 2011, the company was convicted of illegal price-fixing agreements in the period from 1999 to 2004 by the EU, together with Asahi Glass, Schott AG and Samsung Corning Precision Materials, to a total amount of 128.7 million euros. The cartel had the prices of CRT glass for televisions and computer screens discussed. Samsung Corning Precision Materials remained of a sentence spared as the company had reported the violations to the Commission.