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Founded: July 17, 1899
Merged with: Renesas Electronics
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

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NEC are a Japanese electronics firm, specializing in IT services and products. Before its merger with fellow Japanese electronics company Renesas in 2010, it was one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, ranked #1 from the 1980s to 1991, #2 from 1992 to 1999 (surpassed by Intel), and in the top ten during the 2000s.

In the video game industry, it's best known for the PC-88 and PC-98 computers, the PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 console, and manufacturing the first two generations of VideoLogic's PowerVR graphics accelerator hardware that was used by the Sega Dreamcast. They also manufactured a number of parts for competing consoles - their first commercial DSP, the NEC µPD7720, was a common sight in SNES games that utilized pseudo-3D effects like Super Mario Kart.

NEC's in-house video game development team before the mid-1990s was called NEC Avenue; this was eventually consolidated with other software developers to form NEC Interchannel. Their NEC Home Electronics division was also responsible for developing and publishing video games during the NEC Interchannel years.


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