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NEC Display Solutions Selects New Touch Screen Technology from 3M

 NEC Display Solutions Selects New Touch Screen Technology from 3M

3M Touch Systems announces that NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH will market NEC displays integrated with MicroTouch Dispersive Signal Technology (DST) touch screens from 3M to address the growing demand for large format, interactive LCD displays in environments such as retail and entertainment.

NEC Offers Public Displays Incorporating 3M Dispersive Signal Technology

Abingdon, UK, 8 November 2005 3M Touch Systems today announces that NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH will market NEC displays integrated with MicroTouch Dispersive Signal Technology (DST) touch screens from 3M to address the growing demand for large format, interactive LCD displays in environments such as retail and entertainment.

Clemens von Braunmuehl, Section Manager Product Management at NEC Display Solutions Europe said, “Our decision to market 3M's MicroTouch DST touch-enabled products demonstrates our commitment to the display market and our strength in recognising new, compelling technologies that will benefit our customer base. 3M's DST has made a great impression on us, particularly for its unique feature set and ability to accommodate large LCD display sizes. We are positive that our customers will feel the same.”

The NEC MultiSync® LCD4010, 40-inch LCD public display is the first commercialised product to be integrated with 3M's break-through MicroTouch DST touch screen technology. The NEC-based touch monitor solution is manufactured by Richardson Electronics, who has been playing a key role in the integration of DST technology into the NEC public display LCD. Richardson will integrate the technology at its ACT Kern division in Germany.

According to Antonio Antonini, European product Marketing manager, Richardson Electronics, “We are pleased to be able to offer this new touch technology in large format to the European market. Richardson Electronics has strong engineering capabilities and we have been working closely with 3M and NEC Display Solutions to develop touch-enabled large format public displays such as the NEC MultiSync LCD4010.”

He continued, “We will be offering the products via our own channel as well as the NEC Display Solutions distribution network. Our key strengths in delivering comprehensive product support and servicing to customers will be fundamental for a successful launch of DST large format displays in Europe.”

The 40-inch MicroTouch DST touch screen is the first in a planned product range of large format (over 30-inches) touch screens. Key applications include conference rooms, education, financial exchange, retail signage and billboard, transportation, and other varied indoor venues such as casino hospitality, trade shows, clubs and restaurants.

“We are seeing significant potential for touch in the non-consumer, large screen LCD display market,” commented Francesco Fasoglio, European Market Development Manager, 3M Touch Systems. “Large format touch screens offer particular benefits for the retail market. As more and more purchasing decisions are made at the point of advertising, whether in a supermarket or a retail chain, large format displays help to capture the audience and direct the customer to the most profitable item. Using touch, customers interact with the system to access more information on a specific item, enhancing their overall shopping experience. This helps the retailer to maintain a strong brand image whilst improving customer satisfaction and retention.”

DST represents a fundamentally different approach to touch. Unlike other solutions that recognise touch by the interruption of electrical fields, acoustic waves, optical fields, or infrared light, DST recognises touch by interpreting bending waves created in the overlay substrate via the impact of a touch. This approach helps eliminate performance issues associated with on-screen contaminants and surface scratches, while offering enhanced palm rejection. All of these features represent key functional advantages in the target application segments.

The MicroTouch DST-enabled NEC touch screen monitor will be marketed through NEC Display Solutions and Richardson Electronics pan-European sales channels from November 2005.

About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.
3M Touch Systems Inc., a subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and reports through 3M Optical Systems Division headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. For more information visit: http://www.3mtouch.com

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About Richardson Electronics, Ltd
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. is a global provider of "engineered solutions," serving the RF and wireless communications, industrial power conversion, security and display systems markets. The company delivers engineered solutions for its customers' needs through product manufacturing, systems integration, prototype design and manufacture, testing and logistics. Press announcements and other information about Richardson are available on the World Wide Web at: www.rell.com/investor.asp

About NEC Display Solutions GmBH
NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH with its headquarters in Munich, Germany, is a 100 percent subsidiary of the NEC Corporation, Tokyo. The company, established on 1st April 2005, is a product of the joint venture between NEC Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric - NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display-Europe GmbH - in the monitor sector. In Europe, NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH has subsidiaries in Germany for Central, East and South-east Europe, in France and Great Britain as well as sales offices in Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Poland. The business benefits from the technological know-how and the technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own Research and Development, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of desktop-monitors, also for colour-critical applications, large-format LCDs - so-called Public Displays - and special displays for the medical field. CEO of NEC Display Solutions, Ltd, Japan, is Hirotoshi Matsuda. The company employs more than 1,500 staff world-wide. Managing Director of the European headquarters is Noboru Akagi. You will find more information under: www.nec-display-solutions.com.

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY, FTSE: 6701q.1, TSE: 6701) is a leading supplier of information and telecommunications technology. The enterprise numbers amongst the Global Fortune 500 companies with the most patent applications world-wide. NEC develops tailor-made solutions for its customers for the networked world: the range of performances includes the development of semiconductor base technology, setting up and servicing of large-scale systems, system integration as well as the provision of mobile and broadband technology. NEC employs more than 140,000 staff. Turnover in the past financial year 2002/2003 amounted to approx. 40 billion US dollars.

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