NEC was founded in 1899 and is based
in Tokyo, Japan. They manufacture computers, electron devices, and
communications equipment. Of interest to chip collectors, NEC was the first
Japanese company to develop and manufacture a single chip microprocessor, the
751 also known as the uCom 4.
NEC was a manufacturer of discrete
components, integrated circuits, and memory chips. NEC was one of the leaders in
the early microprocessor industry both as a creator of new designs, as well as,
a significant second source. Many of the first computerized games of the 70's
sported NEC processors.
Today NEC continues as a manufacturer
of computers, supercomputers, communications equipments, and electronic devices.