NEC Corporation (Japanese 日本電気株式会社 Nippon Denki Kabushiki Gaisha; TYO: 6701 , NASDAQ: NIPNY) is a multi-national information technologies company headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. NEC, part of the Sumitomo Group, provides information technology (IT) and network solutions to business enterprises, communications services providers and government. Their business is divided into the three principal segments: IT Solutions, Network Solutions and Electron Devices. The IT Solutions business delivers computing solutions to business enterprises, government and individual customers. The IT Solutions business provides software, hardware and related services. The Network Solutions business designs and provides broadband network systems, mobile and wireless communications network systems, mobile handsets, broadcast and other systems. NEC's Electron Devices business includes semiconductors, displays and other electronic components. NEC produces Versa notebooks for the international market and the Lavie series for Japanese market.
Proud achievements of NEC include the discovery of carbon nanotubes by Sumio Iijima, and the creation of the Earth Simulator, the fastest supercomputer in the world at the time. Over the past five years NEC has ranked consistently in the top 4 companies for number of U.S. patents issued, averaging 1764 granted each year.
The company was formerly known as Nippon Electric Company, Limited , before it was renamed in 1983. It still goes by the old name in Japan.
As a chip maker, NEC Semiconductors is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders.
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