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  • NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Call It Quits On Mobile Chipset Joint Venture

    NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Call It Quits On Mobile Chipset Joint Venture

    What happens when you put some of the biggest names in the Japanese wireless industry in the same room to work up a plan to develop some home-grown mobile chipsets? The answer is, apparently, not much. Just over three months after NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, and Panasonic Mobile Communications announced the creation of a mobile joint venture to do just that, DoCoMo has recently… Read More

  • MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

    MEDIAS ES N-05D: NEC’s New Android Phone Is 6.7mm Thin, Connects To Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900

    NEC did it again: about 11 months after unveiling the world’s slimmest smartphone at that time, the company is ready to release another super-thin Android phone with a set of impressive specs (via Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo). Dubbed MEDIAS ES N-05D [JP], the handset will hit Japanese stores in February or March this year. NEC rolled out quite a few Medias-branded… Read More

  • NEC Forecasts $1.3 Billion Loss, Ready To Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide

    NEC Forecasts $1.3 Billion Loss, Ready To Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide

    Bad news from Japanese tech powerhouse NEC: the company yesterday announced [PDF] a net loss of $1.13 billion in the three months through December 2011, compared with a net loss of “just” US$350 million in the same time frame last fiscal. NEC said it wrote down its deferred tax assets. For the three-month period, revenue dropped from $9.3 billion to $8.7 billion year-on-year. For… Read More

  • 5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    Big news from Asia’s mobile market today: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo (55 million customers, over US$50 billion in sales per year) is teaming up with five other tech powerhouses to develop chips for next-generation mobile devices. Docomo’s partners are NEC, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., Panasonic, and Samsung. The goal is to use synergies in the six… Read More

  • X-info Table: NEC Rolls Out 52-Inch “Tablet” In Japan

    X-info Table: NEC Rolls Out 52-Inch “Tablet” In Japan

    7-, 9-, or 10-inch tablets are out: NEC Japan today announced the so-called X-info Table [JP], a 52-inch “tablet” (NEC does use this term to market the device) with full HD resolution. Much like similar devices, the idea is to make it simple for multiple users to view and alter content shown on the screen at the same time. NEC says that the X-info Table supports up to ten touch… Read More

  • Tele Scouter: NEC Announces Transparent Head-Mounted Display

    Tele Scouter: NEC Announces Transparent Head-Mounted Display

    NEC announced the so-called Tele Scouter [JP] in Japan, a futuristic, see-through head-mounted display (HMD) for augmented reality applications. The device is based on the AiRScouter, which Brother has been working on for years (and which we covered here, here and here). The Tele Scouter, which NEC calls a “Wearable Computer”, is sized at 75×40×35mm and weighs 64g. Powered by… Read More

  • MGX: NEC Shows 9.9MM Thin, Android-Based Notebook Prototype

    MGX: NEC Shows 9.9MM Thin, Android-Based Notebook Prototype

    NEC is working on an super-thin notebook that’s powered by Android (version unknown) and that’s just 9.9mm thick. The so-called MGX (an internal code-name, “MG” stands for “mobile gear”) is currently just a prototype, but it looks pretty slick. In its current form, the device is 215mm long, 109mm wide, and weighs 350g. It features a 7-inch OLED touch… Read More

  • ShieldPRO N22G: NEC Shows Super-Ruggedized Notebook

    ShieldPRO N22G: NEC Shows Super-Ruggedized Notebook

    All these ruggedized computers available on the market out there aren’t tough enough for you? Then you might want to take a look at the ShieldPRO N22G that NEC announced [JP] today for the Japanese market. It’s essentially a Windows notebook, but specifically designed for use in severe environments. According to NEC, temperatures from -20 to 50 degrees Celsisus, dust or sand… Read More

  • LaVie Touch: NEC’s Windows Tablet Comes With DVD-Drive, Other Add-Ons

    LaVie Touch: NEC’s Windows Tablet Comes With DVD-Drive, Other Add-Ons

    NEC announced [JP] the so-called LaVie Touch for the Japanese market today, a tablet with two rather special features: it’s powered by Windows 7 Home Premium, and it comes with a total of three hardware add-ons out of the box: a mix between stand and DVD-drive (dubbed “Multistation”), a wireless mouse, and a wireless keyboard. In other words, it won’t be possible to… Read More

  • AiRScouter: Brother Ready To Commercialize Its See-Through Head-Mounted Display (Video)

    AiRScouter: Brother Ready To Commercialize Its See-Through Head-Mounted Display (Video)

    Sometimes futuristic-looking prototypes of gadgets do get commercialized: Brother has announced it is ready to bring to market the so-called AiRScouter, a head-mounted and transparent transmissive liquid crystal display that was first showcased back in 2008. When worn, the device creates the impression of a 16-inch screen that’s about one meter away from user’s eyes. Brother says… Read More

  • Japan To Invest $1.3 Billion In New Supercomputer

    Japan To Invest $1.3 Billion In New Supercomputer

    There is a list of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers, and the last time it was updated, back in June this year, Fujitsu’s “K” (pictured) came out on top, taking the No. 1 spot from Tianhe-1A (a supercomputer from China). It was the first time since 2004 for Japan to get to claim those bragging rights, and now the country’s largest business newspaper… Read More

  • NEC Develops Next-Gen Household Power Storage System

    NEC is ready to use some of the expertise it gained by developing lithium-ion batteries for Nissan’s electric vehicles in recent years for home use: according to a report in Japanese business daily The Nikkei that was published today, that new 6kwh household power storage system will only cost around $12,300 – which is about 50% cheaper than comparable systems on sale today. Read More

  • Lenovo And NEC Launch PC Joint Venture In Japan

    The joint venture NEC and Lenovo announced back in January is now reality: the companies today said they have finally set up “NEC Lenovo Japan”, which Lenovo holds a 51% stake in (NEC holds the rest of the shares). The joint venture is limited to the Japanese PC market at this point, but NEC Lenovo instantly gained the bragging rights to call itself the country’s biggest PC… Read More

  • The UNISROBO Robot Looks A Lot Like NEC's PaPeRo

    China-based JUST GOOD Technology Corp. and UNIS Corp. must really like the PaPeRo, NEC’s super-cute mini robot that was first shown to the public back in 1997. Or how else can you explain the existence of their so-called UNISROBO? As Plastic Pals points out, both robots are very much alike from a design perspective. Read More

  • NEC's New Face Recognition System Is 100 Times Smaller Than Existing Ones


    Face recognition technology that can be used to identify a given person’s age and gender isn’t exactly new. But NEC has now developed a system [JP] that’s sized at just 7x12x1cm, which is about 100 times smaller than existing solutions (according to the company). NEC also claims that their mini system needs 50 times less power than its already commercialized counterparts. Read More

  • MultiTouchWall: NEC's Awesome, Huge Multi-Touch Digital Signage System (Video)

    Face recognition, personalization, flexible screens: digital signage has come a long way. Now NEC is offering up its own digital signage solution, which has two distinct selling points: it’s pretty big (4.1m wide and 1.15m high), and it boasts multi-touch control. Read More

  • NEC Develops Zero Standby Power Semiconductor Tech

    NEC and a researcher from Japan’s Tohoku University, Professor Hideo Ohno, are working on a power chip that solves a pretty big problem: completely eliminating electricity consumption of electronic devices that are in standby mode. The key piece of technology here is CAM, the world’s first content addressable memory. Read More

  • LifeTouch W: NEC To Finally Ship Their Dual-Screen Android Tablet Next Month

    The dual 7-inch screen Android tablet that NEC introduced during CES earlier this year is finally ready to ship (in Japan, at least). The company today announced [JP] that it’s now called LifeTouch W, and that it’s scheduled to hit stores over here sometime next month. Read More

  • NTT Docomo's Smartphone Line-Up For Summer 2011

    Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo has announced its summer line-up of cell phones today, and we have squeezed all their nine new smartphones (plus Fujitsu’s Windows 7/Symbian hybrid) into this article for your reading pleasure (click here for a list of all new feature phones). Read More

  • VersaPro Type VT: NEC's Windows 7 Tablet

    Here we have another Windows 7-powered tablet from Japan: NEC announced [JP] it yesterday, and it’s called the VersaPro Type VT. Details are scarce at this point, but NEC does say its tablet will sport a 10.1-inch LCD screen with 1,280×800 resolution. Read More

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