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NEC

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NEC Computer Systems Division is a worldwide leader in technological advances and engineering, ranging from PCs to servers to notebooks. NEC, which created the notebook computer category in 1988, produces commercial desktop systems, high-end Versa notebooks and workstation/server systems. NEC’s product focus is on corporate, education and niche consumer markets. The brand is sold through the reseller and direct channel.

On June 4, 1996, the world's leading innovator of computer technology–NEC Corporation's International PC Division–joined forces with one of the world's largest computer manufacturers--Packard Bell–and radically changed the dynamics of the computer industry.

The integration of NEC Corporation's International PC Division and Packard Bell's worldwide PC operations into Packard Bell NEC, Inc. created one of the largest, most sophisticated PC manufacturers in the world, poised to become a dominant, global computing force in the next millenium. Together, NEC and Packard Bell have greater technological and human resources, expanded manufacturing capability, and worldwide marketing prowess that dwarfs other computer manufacturers. International Data Corp., a market research firm in Framingham, Mass., ranks Packard Bell NEC Inc. as the number two computer manufacturer in the United States, commanding 9.6% percent market share, and number five worldwide, with 5.3% percent. (Source: IDC, 2Q 1997 Report.)

For nearly a century, NEC has been one of the world's most respected high-technology brands, utilizing its vast research and development resources to develop category-defining products, such as the first notebook computer, the NEC UltraLite in 1988. NEC Computer Systems Division continues the tradition.

With the launch of its innovative NEC NOW program on August 4, 1997, NEC Computer Systems Division allows commercial end-users worldwide to choose the logistics and pricing advantages of direct sales, integrated with the service and support of their resellers, if preferred. The NEC NOW initiative enables business customers to call 1-888-8-NEC-NOW to address their computing needs with the assistance of trained System Consultants and obtain NEC notebook, server, advanced desktop, handheld and Net PC products.

In addition to its own high-quality notebook manufacturing site in Fife, Wash., NEC Computer Systems Division now has access to other first-rate manufacturing facilities, including Packard Bell NEC's high-volume, build-to-order, ISO 9001-certified desktop and server manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. NEC CSD's access to these facilities means that end-users can choose NEC's award-winning products and know that the products will be available for purchase and delivery immediately.

Another advantage for NEC CSD is that it now has increased visibility with and influence on components and software manufacturers, such as Intel and Microsoft. This "shared table" relationship ensures a constant flow of the very latest technology in NEC products. Furthermore, the ability to purchase components and software in volume from technology leaders such as these allows NEC CSD to reduce the cost of its products.

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