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2009

  • Received order to supply Proximity Link System (PLS) to guide Cygnus Spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on re-supply missions for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • "DIAMOND VISION SOLUTIONS" adopted as collective brand name for Mitsubishi Electric Group's visual solutions business.
  • Diamond Vision screen installed at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's largest high-definition display. The recognized screen measures 22m high by 48m wide.
  • Developed the world's first hybrid nano coating that can be applied to materials ranging from metals to plastics for protection against dust, oil and other substances.
  • Received order from Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to build the meteorological satellites HIMAWARI 8 and 9.
  • Delivered Major League Baseball's first full 1080 x 1920 high-definition LED, 16mm pixel pitch Diamond Vision Screen to Yankee Stadium in New York.
  • Released the NJ-XS10J, the world's first* steamless IH (induction heater) rice cooker with no steam port.

    * Feb 1, 2009. Based on water-cooling steam recovery system. (Mitsubishi Electric research).

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2008

  • Became the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the commercial communications satellite market outside of Japan with the introduction of an original satellite bus, and has received an order from Singapore and Taiwan to build the ST-2 as their next communications satellite.
  • Announced growth strategies and reinforced/expanded global warming countermeasures for reducing CO2 through business activities, toward achieving harmony between fulfilling lifestyles and global environmental preservation, as laid out in "Environmental Vision 2021."
  • Succeeded in launching Superbird-C2 (7), the first domestic commercial communications satellite made in Japan for Space Communications Corporation, and completed the handover of the satellite to Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation on October 17, after completion of in-orbit performance testing.
  • Two persons from Mitsubishi Electric awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal for development of large-scale optical telescope mirror support system for use on the Subaru telescope.
  • Received an order to install four Diamond Vision displays and three LEDerAd ribbon board displays in the new stadium being built for the NFL Dallas Cowboys (scheduled to open in June 2009).
  • Achieved the world's highest energy conversion rate of 18.6% in a polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic cell.
  • Installed Asia's longest Aurora Ribbon, a very long LEDerAd ribbon board display, at the Chiba Marines baseball stadium in Japan.
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2007

  • Succeeded in verification experiments on the world's longest 80km key distribution with a cryptography system using a single photon source, jointly with Hokkaido University and other institutions.
  • Awarded the Prime Minister's Prize at the 36th Japan Industrial Technology Awards for the short-gap high-density ozone generator.
  • Awarded the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation Chairman's Prize at the FY2007 National Commendation for Invention Awards, for inventing the technology of using existing refrigerant piping for new air conditioning units for cooling.
  • Achieved the world's highest photoelectric conversion efficiency of 18.0% in practical-use multi-crystalline solar cells.
  • Completed construction of the world's tallest elevator testing tower, measuring 173m, at Inazawa Works.
  • Delivered Japan's largest security system, which monitors document access using IC tags, to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
  • Announced Environmental Vision 2021--Making Positive Contributions to the Earth and its People through Technology and Action.

2006

  • Successfully launched the MTSAT-2 multifunctional transport satellite.
  • Awarded the 21st Century Invention Prize at the FY2006 National Commendation for Invention Awards for inventions related to high-efficiency high-density ozone generating technology.
  • Installed the Multi-screen Turf Vision (Aurora Vision), the world's largest display, at the JRA Tokyo Racetrack.
  • Successfully launched Hinode, a solar observatory satellite for which Mitsubishi Electric was a prime contractor.

2005

  • The Mitsubishi Diamond Vision screen at the Turner Field baseball stadium in the U.S.A. is recognized as the world's largest outdoor HDTV video screen.
  • The "Camellia" next-generation encryption algorithm jointly developed with NTT is adopted as the next-generation encryption standard for the Internet.
  • Started development of the "Uni & Eco" brand concept for household appliances with the aim of making products that are easy to use and which have low environmental impact.
  • Released the Mitsubishi Finger Identification Device by Penetrated Light, the world's first non-contact fingerprint recognition device.
  • Produced the 40 millionth ventilation fan at the Nakatsugawa Works.
  • Became the first company in the world to receive approval to manufacture particle-beam treatment devices that use carbon ions.

2004

  • Successfully acquired ISO14001 certification for all Mitsubishi Electric offices, including head offices and branches.
  • Released the world's first refrigerator that "increases vitamin C content."
  • Presented the Best Supplier Award by The Boeing Company.
  • Developed the world's first LCD module, "Reversible LCD," capable of being viewed from both sides.
  • Developed Japan's first variable-speed elevator system, shortening wait times by up to 15%.
  • Constructed a system for producing 5 million red semiconductor lasers per month for use with recordable DVDs.
  • Awarded the "Imperial Invention" prize at the National Invention Awards for work in the field of safe and powerful encryption technology.

2004 Reversible LCD

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2003

  • Successfully launched "OPTUS-1," the first overseas commercial satellite for which Mitsubishi Electric was a prime contractor.
  • Renesas Technology founded as a semiconductor joint venture with Hitachi Ltd.
  • Received an order from the New York City Transit Authority to supply air conditioning units for 660 subway cars.
  • Jointly developed a revolutionary coating technology that uses electrical discharges (Micro Spark Coating) with Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries.
  • Developed the world's widest "Diamond Vision" display for operation at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.
  • Developed the world's first 50-ampre-compliant large-capacity DIP-IPM.
  • Developed the world's first "finger composition characteristics detection" optical fingerprint sensor.
  • Achieved the world's first transmission at 10Gbps between relay equipment boards set at a distance of 500mm apart.
  • Achieved the world's first interconnection between GMPLS that realizes next-generation photonic networks and MPLS that offers highly advanced IP services.

2003 Sha Tin Racecourse

2002

  • KASUMI selected as the standard encryption code for GSM mobile telephones.
  • In cooperation with NHK, developed the world's first digital watermarking equipment.
  • First in the world to successfully prove second-generation X-ray lithography technology.
  • Developed the world's highest output red LED for DVD read and read/write applications.
  • Developed the world's first 40Gbps semiconductor light modulator and module.
  • Began working relationship with VeriSign Japan to supply digital signature solutions.

2001

  • Successfully developed the world's first system for directly extracting dioxins contained in incinerator flue gases.
  • Signed a contract with America's General Motors as a long-term supplier of ignition coils.
  • Molecular design technology applied for the first time ever to develop a new insulating film for use in next-generation high-speed ULSIs.
  • Installed the world's first large-scale outdoor HDTV screen on the Studio Alta building at Shinjuku in Tokyo.
  • Enactment of Mitsubishi Electric's "Changes for the Better" corporate statement.
  • Developed the world's smallest, lowest energy consuming "single-chip encoder" for MPEG-2 video and audio system integration.
  • Developed the world's highest light-collecting efficiency rating for a completely solid 1kW-class pulse laser.
  • Developed the world's first portrait generation technology for mobile devices that use artificial retina LSIs.
  • Developed CMOS technology that realizes both high reliability and high performance for system-on-chip devices.
  • Completed construction of the FA R&D Center.

2001 Artificial retina LSI

2000

  • Successfully tested Japan's first quantum cryptographic communications system.
  • Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. received Helen Keller Achievement Award 2000.
  • Higashihama Recycling Center received Wastec Award (Environmental Agency Director's Award).
  • Formed business tie-up with Schindler Holding Ltd. for elevators and escalators.
  • Established NEC-Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems Corp. a joint venture on equal footing with NEC Corporation for the production of display monitors.
  • Developed the world's first photoresist stripping unit for LCD fabrication that uses highly concentrated ozone.
  • Began licensing Kasumi, an international standard encryption method for W-CDMA.
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