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*** For immediate use May 31, 2012
London and Tokyo, 31 May 2012 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) is reorganizing its Central Research Laboratories based in Japan to focus on the strategic business areas of Cloud Computing and Smart Energy and strengthen its global research and development (R&D) capabilities.
NEC Central Research Laboratories will allocate 95% of its annual R&D budget to the newly established "Cloud Research Group" and "Green Innovation Research Group." Most of the teams within NEC's Central Research Laboratories have been assigned to these two research groups. The two groups will mainly conduct R&D in seven fields: big data, networking, real-world data and processing, security, battery/energy management, green ICT and productivity enhancement/process improvement.
In addition, to strengthening its "Global Open Innovation" , NEC Central Research Laboratories will accelerate its joint research projects with institutions throughout the world, such as the Open Networking Research Center in California and SRM University in Chennai, India. Through this initiative, NEC will commit up to 50% of its research staff to international projects by FY2017, compared with 30% in FY2011.
NEC also established the "C&C (Computer and Communications) Innovation Initiative" to increase new business development at NEC's Central Research Laboratories. The C&C Innovation Initiative will be responsible for communication between customers and researchers to identify potential customer needs.
"NEC's R&D has always been at the cutting edge of the ICT industry. This reorganization enables us to contribute to NEC's core business more directly, and deliver innovative products well-tailored to our customer's needs," said Katsumi Emura, associate senior vice president, NEC and the head of NEC's Central Research Laboratories.