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2002
The Earth Simulator, the world's fastest supercomputer system for resolving global environmental problems, is completed.

Earth Simulator was proposed in 1997 as a way to predict climate change on a global scale. The performance level required to realize it was absurd – 1,000 times higher than that of other supercomputers at the time. But NEC employed 1,000 people cumulatively and utilized the full technological power of the NEC Group to achieve targeted performance. Earth Simulator began operation in March 2002 as initially planned. It was the clear winner in the TOP500 supercomputer performance ranking in June 2002 and stayed on top for two and a half years.

Bird’s-eye view of Earth Simulator
2003
Development of kenaf-reinforced bioplastic.
2003
Constructs one of the world's largest mission-critical systems, the i-mode gateway system "CiRCUS"
2004
Realizes world's smallest, slimmest, card-shaped, camera-equipped mobile phone utilizing ultra-thin packaging technology
2004
The world's longest single-photon transmission record is extended to 150 km, realized through quantum cryptography system employing an optical planar circuit.
2005
NEC develops a new ultra-thin, flexible, rechargeable battery boasting super-fast charging capability.
2007
Ultra-compact microwave communications system PASOLINK secures top global market share
2008
Unveils the NEC Group Vision 2017 and Core Values
2008
The programmable flow switch trial between Japan and the United States is successfully completed.
2010
Asteroid explorer "HAYABUSA" successfully returns to Earth
2011
Launches Household Energy Storage System
2012
INTERPOL and NEC sign partnership agreement to enhance cyber security Partnership will develop digital crime centre
2013
Strengthen SDN business with new solutions menu
2013
Establish new research center in Singapore
2014
Provide nuclear power plant with system for monitoring signs of malfunction.
2014
Unveil "Orchestrating a brighter world” campaign supporting Solutions for Society.
2015
Become a Gold Partner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
2015
Test technology that accurately predicts landslide risk.