nec Corporation (日本電気株式会社 Nippon Denki Kabushiki Gaisha) is a Japanese multinational provider of information technology (IT) services and products, headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It provides IT and network solutions to business enterprises, communications services providers and to government agencies, and has also been the biggest PC vendor in Japan since the 1980s. The company was known as the Nippon Electric Company, Limited, before rebranding in 1983 as NEC.
NEC was the world’s fourth largest PC manufacturer by 1990. Its NEC Semiconductors business unit was the worldwide semiconductor sales leader between 1985 and 1990, the second largest in 1995, one of the top three in 2000, and one of the top 10 in 2006. It remained one of the top 20 semiconductor sales leaders before merging with Renesas Electronics. NEC is a member of the Sumitomo Group.
NEC has structured its organization around three principal segments: IT solutions, network solutions and electronic devices.
The IT solutions business delivers computing solutions to business enterprises, government and individual customers—in the form of 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 electronic devices business includes semiconductors, displays and other electronic components. NEC produces VERSA notebooks for the international market and the LaVie series for Japanese markets.