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NEC wraps up its impressive display of innovation at CeBIT 2005

  • 16 March, 2005 09:51

<p>NEC has affirmed its role as innovation leader at this year’s CeBIT technology fair, showcasing a multitude of new technologies. NEC revealed a whole new world of home entertainment, home networks and communications and smart sustainable solutions to delegates at this year’s event. The display stand proved to be a must-see for anyone looking for the latest, greatest and smartest in lifestyle technology, electronic gadgets and much more.
One of the many highlights at the NEC booth was the first PC drive for high-definition DVD – in short HD DVD. The new DVD standard enables a much higher memory capacity of up to 64 Gbytes and excellent playback quality. The downward compatibility of the drive means that it can play and burn conventional CDs and DVDs, as well as the new HD DVD format.</p>
<p>Among NEC’s new product portfolio in the projector segment, the LT20, the smallest NEC projector, which offers improved brightness, and the LT180, a novel kind of projector for the IT retail sector with XGA resolution proved to be crowd pleasers. The NEC WT615, a projector with patented mirror technology that enables the shortest throwing distance in the world and incorporates an 'electronic pen function' for unique presentation convenience also made an impression on this year’s delegates. Positioned at a distance of only 6.4 cm from the projection surface, the projector is equipped for HDTV and delivers a needle-sharp image.</p>
<p>The range of plasma TVs were extended to include a new plasma display with DVB-T receiver. Used in around 400 Burger King Restaurants in Germany, the displays have now replaced the classic menu boards. The largest suspended video wall ever realised, consisting of plasma displays, with a diagonal of more than five metres made up another key exhibit, dwarfing its rivals.</p>
<p>A range of innovative solutions in the field of biometrics were also on display. Secure communication channels and the efficient protection of sensitive areas, facilities and information are now more important for the corporate and public sectors than ever before. Exhibiting an extended range of security solutions, including biometric applications like single sign-on and identity management functions, NEC also unveiled 'SmartCatch', the first innovative video surveillance and personal identification system that operates on the basis of behavioural analysis.</p>
<p>The NEC SX-8 supercomputer, the youngest member of the successful NEC SX supercomputer family also featured. The SX-8 is currently the most powerful vector computer. It is installed at leading basic research, climate research and meteorological forecasting organisations around the world and is also used for product development applications in the automotive and aviation industries.</p>
<p>NEC’s latest 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA) devices proved popular. NEC supplied the world’s first 3G handsets to NTT DoCoMo in Japan, and was also the first company to roll out 3G devices to European and Australian mobile users through its relationship with Hutchison 3G (trading as “3”), highlighting its commitment to building on its formidable global pedigree.</p>
<p>The world’s smallest and lightest mobile handset, the 338, a compact and striking device was showcased, as well as NEC’s 2.5G (WAP) product roadmap (the e540, e242, e101 and e12) and NEC’s range of 2.5G (i-mode) devices, (the N411i, N401i, N342i and N343i), demonstrating NEC’s ongoing commitment to furthering its market share in the i-mode mobile handset market. The clamshell, 1.3 megapixel NEC N411i has an integrated MPEG4 video camera and features Bluetooth™ connectivity and boasts PictBridge connectivity which allows users to print out their photos directly through a PictBridge compatible printer.</p>
<p>Demonstrations of the latest version of NEC Corporation’s Location Information System (LIS), which provides the best location services solution for GSM operators and a variety of user-tailored systems, included a live demonstration of a mobile navigation service, calculating a terminal's position with high accuracy. Based on highly accurate A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) positioning methods, NEC's LIS uses signals from satellites to calculate the mobile terminal's position.</p>
<p>NEC also showcased the near-future network of an "advanced packet service era with 3G", which has already commenced in Japan and will soon be released in Europe and other regions providing mobile internet services. In Japan, 27 million (approximately 30%) of the total number of mobile phone users have already switched over to 3G, currently providing a variety of advanced applications such as the delivery of music and other high-speed files, and video phones. As a result of enhanced applications, users increasingly require further upgrading of mobile phones in terms of speed and convenience. Amid this environment, NEC has succeeded in effectively integrating the three major functions necessary to respond to these customer requirements; acceleration of wireless-access speed, enhancement of packet processing speed and capacity, and improvement of a highly capable packet core platform to realise advanced packet services.</p>
<p>For more information regarding NEC’s activities at CeBIT 2005, please visit:
http://www.nec-cebit.com</p>
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<p>About NEC Corporation
NEC is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately US$47 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com</p>
<p>About NEC Australia
NEC Australia is a provider of superior, affordable products, services and solutions to carriers, business, government and consumers. As a leader in the development of broadband and mobile communications technologies, NEC Australia’s strong sales and service focus has propelled the company to the forefront of a new era in communications. Through the provision of new technologies such as plasma displays, data projectors and high-speed broadband connections, NEC Australia also drives innovation into the home. Boasting the largest Research and Development facility in Australia, NEC’s commitment to innovation and continued expansion into export markets remains unrivalled. As well as undertaking leading R &amp; D in DSL technologies and third-generation (3G) mobile terminals, NEC Australia's broadband business, NEXTEP Broadband, delivers business grade DSL services for SMEs, corporates and government. For additional information, please visit the NEC Australia or NEXTEP websites at www.nec.com.au and www.nextep.com.au.</p>
<p>For media enquiries, please contact:
Lynn Hepple
Public &amp; Media Relations Manager
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 9264 3746
0411 563 907
lynn.hepple@nec.com.au</p>

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