NEC Corp. history, profile and history video

 NEC Corp. engages in the provision of systems, components, services, and integrated solutions for computing and communications applications. It operates through the following segments: Information Technology (IT) Services, Platform, Carrier Network, Social Infrastructure, Personal Solutions, and Other. The IT Services segment provides systems integration, maintenance and support, cloud, and outsourcing services. The Platform segment manufactures and sells IT and internet protocol telephony systems, and enterprise network systems implementation products such as servers, supercomputers, storage equipment, software, and softphones. The Carrier Network segment produces and merchandises network infrastructure, and provides services and management to telecommunications carriers. The Social Infrastructure segment manufactures and sells systems for broadcasting and video distribution, control, transportation and public networks, fire and disaster prevention, aerospace, and defense. The Personal Solutions segment supplies mobile handsets, personal computers, internet services, and monitors; and creates new devices and services for cloud computing. The Other segment manufactures and sells lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, electronic components, liquid crystal display panels, and lighting equipment. The company was founded on July 17, 1899 by Kunihiko Iwadare and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

“NEC History

On 17 July 1899, Nippon Electric Company, Limited (renamed NEC Corporation, effective April, 1983, both expressed as NEC hereafter) Japan’s first joint venture with foreign capital, was established by Kunihiko Iwadare in association with the U.S. firm Western Electric Company (presently Alcatel-Lucent).

The basic aim of the new company, expressed in the slogan “Better Products, Better Service,” was to carry out the promise to provide its customers with world-class products and dependable follow-up service. The notion of follow-up service didn’t take root among Japanese businesses until a full half-century later, whereas NEC had from the beginning embraced a concept that developed into what we now call Customer Satisfaction (CS).

World and domestic firsts in technology and research development, made possible by managerial innovation and backed by establishment, improvement and reform of its various personnel systems, as well as the early mounting of environmental projects, make it possible to say that NEC’s history has been marked by constant innovation for more than a hundred years. NEC is empowered by the DNA of innovation.

Chronological Table

1899 Nippon Electric Company, Limited is established.
1919 Produces first domestic Type 1 common-battery switchboards for long-distance toll calls.
1920 Enters into capital ties with Sumitomo Electric Wire and Cable Works and transfers cable business to Sumitomo.
1924 Advances into wireless business.
1927 Delivers the first domestic-made A-Type automatic PBX to Mitsukoshi Department Store.
1928 NE-Type phototelegraphic equipment transmits scenes of Imperial Accession Ceremony of Emperor Hirohito between Kyoto to Tokyo.
1929 Produces domestic A-Type automatic switching system for the central telephone office.
1937 Succeeds in producing 50kW transmitter tubes, thereby completing the development of short-wave broadcast equipment boasting the world’s highest output.
1950 Begins research into transistors.
1952 Receives Deming Application Prize (the first time for a company in the communications industry).
1953 Produces microwave PTM (Pulse Time Modulation) multiplexing equipment.
1954 Begins research into computers.
1955 Produces first domestic-made XB switching system for PBX.
1956 Produces first domestic-made XB switching system.
1958 Develops fully transistorized NEAC-2201 computer.
1960 Begins development of ICs.
Develops time division electronic switching system.
1961 Introduces the business division system.
1963 Establishes Nippon Electric New York (now NEC Corporation of America)
Issues American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).
1964 Trans-Pacific TV broadcasts of the 18th Olympiad in Tokyo are successfully implemented using NEC-supplied ground facilities for satellite communications.
1965 Delivers the PCM-24 digital transmission system to NTTPC.
Introduces ZD (Zero Defect) movement.
1970 Produces Osumi experimental satellite.
Established “Pollution Prevention & Environmental Management Department.”
1972 The “Operation Quality” program is initiated.
1974 The ACOS Series 77 mainframe computer family is announced.
1977 “C&C” or the integration of computer and communications technologies is first announced at INTELCOM ’77.
The NEAX 61 digital switching system is announced in the United States.
1979 The PC-8001 personal computer is announced.
1982 The PC-9801 personal computer is announced.
1985 The SX-2 supercomputer demonstrates the world’s fastest performance.
1991 The world’s first notebook-sized PC with color LCD is announced.
A unique graphite crystal is discovered and named “carbon-nanotubes”.
1995 The world’s first prototype 1Gbit DRAM is unveiled.
1997 The Semiconductor Group is honored with the first Japan Quality Award.
2002 The Earth Simulator, the world’s fastest supercomputer system for resolving global environmental problems, is completed.
2003 Constructs one of the world’s largest mission-critical systems, the i-mode gateway system “CiRCUS”
Development of kenaf-reinforced bioplastic.
An elementary circuit is realized for practical quantum computers.
2004 Realizes world’s smallest, slimmest, card-shaped, camera-equipped mobile phone utilizing ultra-thin packaging technology
Commences provision of UNIVERGE solutions aimed at realizing improvement of business efficiency, intellectual productivity and more
The world’s longest single-photon transmission record is extended to 150 km, realized through quantum cryptography system employing an optical planar circuit.
2005 NEC develops a new ultra-thin, flexible, rechargeable battery boasting super-fast charging capability.
2007 Ultra-compact microwave communications system PASOLINK secures top global market share
2008 Unveils the NEC Group Vision 2017 and Core Values
Express Server becomes first domestic IA server to surpass the one-million-unit mark for cumulative shipments
The programmable flow switch trial between Japan and the United States is successfully completed.
2010 Asteroid explorer “HAYABUSA” successfully returns to Earth
Begins mass production of electrodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications
2011 NEC, LENOVO Finalize Joint Venture and Launch Japan’s #1 PC Company
Launches Household Energy Storage System
2012 Acquire Convergys’ Global Information Management (IM) Business, a Leader in Business Support Systems (BSS)
Acquire Australian ICT company CSG Limited’s Technology Solutions business
INTERPOL and NEC sign partnership agreement to enhance cyber security Partnership will develop digital crime centre
2013 Strengthen SDN business with new solutions menu
Establish new research center in Singapore”

*Information from Forbes.com and Nec.com

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