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Panasonic M2

The Panasonic M2 was a video game console design developed by 3DO and then sold to Matsushita (known internationally as Panasonic) for $100,000,000 . Before it could be released, however, Matsushita cancelled the project in late 1997, unwilling to compete against fellow Japanese electronics giant Sony's PlayStation due to the failure of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console. The M2 was cancelled so close to release, marketing had already taken place in the form of flyers, and one of its prospected launch titles, WARP's D2, had several gameplay screens in circulation (this game was later redesigned from scratch to be released on the Sega Dreamcast).

Development kits and prototypes of the machine are very valuable pieces among today's collectors. M2's technology lived on at Matsushita; integrated in the multimedia players FZ-21S and FZ-35S, both released in 1998. Both products were aimed at professionals working in medicine, architecture and sales, not home users.

Yet the M2 did see some use as a game machine - namely, a short-lived arcade board by Konami. As games ran straight from the CD-ROM drive, it suffered from long load times and a high failure rate, so only five games were developed for it.

The M2 was reportedly several times (2-3) more powerful than the Nintendo 64 in terms of polygon graphics capabilities and slightly more powerful than the 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics (Voodoo1) accelerator chipset for PC cards. Matsushita was apparently hyping the M2 to be more powerful than it really was, saying it was almost on par with SEGA's (Lockheed Martin designed) MODEL 3 arcade board. The MODEL 3 was approximately 10 times more powerful than the Nintendo 64. In a 1998 interview by Next Generation magazine, WARP's Kenji Eno said that SEGA's Dreamcast was about 3-4 times more powerful than M2. This backs up earlier reports that M2 had 2-3 times greater performance than N64, but no more than that. It was still a powerful machine for 1996-1997.

The M2 technology is still in use today. It is mostly used in automated teller machines, and in Japan in coffee vending machines.

In the late 90's and from 2000 on, the system was also sold in the Interactive Kiosk market. In 2000, PlanetWeb, Inc. began offering software to allow the M2 to be used as an Internet appliance.

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Panasonic (brand)

A cordless phone produced by Panasonic

On January 10, 2008 Matsushita announced that it intends to change the company name to Panasonic Corporation, effective October 1, 2008. The proposal to change the company's name was approved at the firm's annual shareholder's meeting on June 26. As of October 1, 2008, the company changed its name to Panasonic Corporation. Non-audio/visual products (mostly home appliances) used to be branded with "National" in Japan are now marketed under the Panasonic brand.

The brand Panasonic was created by Matsushita in 1955 for the Americas region because the National brand was already registered by others. The Panasonic brand was created from the elements "pan" meaning "all" combined with "sonic" meaning "sound", because it was first used for audio equipment.

Based on 2004 annual sales of electronics, Matsushita is the largest Japanese electronics maker ahead of Hitachi. Within the category of white goods, Matsushita is the world’s largest manufacturer. In the past, due to its imitation tactics Matsushita has been ridiculed in Japan as "Maneshita" ("mane" means imitation), but in fact Matsushita does vast amounts of its own product planning, research and development.

Including its related companies, Matsushita has developed a wide variety of enterprises, centering on home electronics, industrial equipment, and telecommunications equipment. Though not widely advertised before, in recent years its notebook computer line (Toughbook) has gained popularity and commercials for it are being aired on television. Other brand names associated with Panasonic include its Viera televisions and Lumix digital cameras.

The company's management style and corporate culture have been often compared to competitor Sony. When Sony is doing well, the number of books that praise Sony management increases, when conditions reverse, then more books that praise Panasonic management style are displayed in bookstores. Regardless of favorable sales and conditions, Sony and Panasonic are often viewed as rivals. This view probably arose from the videotape format wars between VHS (supported by Panasonic) and Betamax (supported by Sony). The largest direct competition between Sony and Panasonic is currently in the segment of audio products; Panasonic is also considered as Sony's rival in sales of flat panel TVs, digital cameras and DVD recorders—areas where Panasonic is focusing its production, marketing and sales efforts. In contrast, Sony has recently diversified into the cinema, video game, and financial areas, whereas Panasonic's whitegoods have no competition from Sony. After Sony's acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures, Panasonic purchased MCA (including MCA Music and Universal Pictures) in 1991 but sold it out in 1995.

Matsushita's current corporate strategy is to seek cooperation and joint ventures in the development of certain technologies (such as LCDs), while continuing to compete against other companies such as Toshiba, Hitachi and Minebea to become the benchmark for Japanese electronics.

Panasonic sells radio (audio) products for automobiles and light trucks in the US market under the Panasonic brand (aftermarket) and as OEM equipment in Japanese automobile brands such as Toyota, Honda and Subaru. Non-Japanese automakers such as GM and Volkswagen have also used OEM stereos made by Panasonic.

Panasonic Corporation of North America is the name for the American branch of Matsushita. It was known as Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (MECA) prior to 2005. It is based in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Shop@Panasonic is a chain of stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland which sells only Panasonic electronics. The store is based on the same structure as Sony Centre. The stores are usually located in shopping centres such as Centrale, and brand itself the official Panasonic retailer.

Panasonic Mobile Communications manufactures mobile handsets and related equipment for the Japanese market. It has the second largest marketshare for mobile phones in Japan after Sharp. It used to market its GSM phones worldwide, but in December 2005 the company announced its withdrawal from overseas markets. In summer 2008 rumours emerged that the company was considering to re-enter the Asian market with its VS84 handset.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) is the world's leading supplier of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California where engineering, development and testing is performed while system installation, field engineering, major quality functions, certification and program management are performed at the Bothell, Washington facility - Panasonic Avionics Corporation employs approximately 2,800 employees based in over 70 locations worldwide, with major facilities in London, Toulouse, Hamburg, Dallas, Dubai and Singapore. A majority of the component manufacturing is carried out in Osaka, Japan.

The company provides airline passengers with a wide array of interactive applications at their seats, combining entertainment (digital music and movies on demand, games, interactive moving maps, satellite TV, and online shopping) with business tools (E-mail, live flight schedules, and in-flight internet access). PAC is also one of the chief suppliers to both Boeing and Airbus and their IFE systems will be featured on both the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A380 aircraft.

Among the many worldwide customers that use PAC systems are award-winning airlines such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA).

In early 2008, Panasonic partnered with Shopatron to handle its online order fulfillment, incorporating retailers into the online sale.

Panasonic is a primary sponsor of Toyota's Formula 1 program (Toyota F1), also known as Panasonic Toyota Racing. Hiro Matsushita, grandson of the company founder, is a former race car driver who stays actively involved in racing.

Panasonic is an official partner and sponsor of Major League Soccer.

Panasonic also owns Gamba Osaka, a team from the J.League, the main Japanese soccer league.

Panasonic is the primary sponsor of the 2007 World Solar Challenge.

Panasonic is the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner for Beijing 2008 Games.

They were originally the official partner and sponsor of the Boston Celtics from 1975 to 1989, along with Technics. Various Panasonic ads appear at the old Boston Garden during the 1980s.

It is said that in Kachō Kōsaku Shima, a popular manga series written by Kensi Hirokane, the main character works at Hatsushiba Electric, which is modeled on the author’s work experience at Panasonic. The Osaka office which appeared in the comic is supposed to be the Matsushita Twin Tower at Kyobashi in Osaka, and when Kosaku is sent to work in China, the view from the Shanghai office is the same as the actual view from the Panasonic office in Shanghai.

In the anime series "The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi" the main character Kyon uses a Panasonic FOMA 902i cell phone in episode 3.

In the popular Japanese Asahi Broadcasting Corporation program Panel Quiz Attack 25, the panel used in the stage setup was developed by Matsushita Electric. During the early days of the show, the technical staff of Matsushita Electric was stationed at the recording studio, in case of any unexpected occurrences.

The Sarcology song "Kill Your ISP" accuses Panasonic of having a bad reputation for repairing faulty goods, with the lyric "Two months in the shop is driving me crazy, Panasonic contractors sure are lazy".

Panasonic is also known for featuring Japanese pop superstar Ayumi Hamasaki in their TV commercials.

In the anime television show "Death Note", a large screen showing a news report had a logo saying "Fanasonic", a pun on 'Panasonic'.

In one episode of the Simpsons cartoon, Homer is looking at a Panaphonics brand television, and Sorny (Sony) and Magnetbox (Magnavox).

In Rockstar's video game, "GTA IV", there are various advertisements and logos for an electronics company called "Panoramic" which features a similar font and design.

Pan Sonic, the Finnish experimental electronic music duo was originally called Panasonic, but the name was changed after the corporation threatened with legal action.

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Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. Foreground left: Panasonic Konosuke Matsushita Museum; behind: Corporate R&D laboratories

Panasonic Corporation (パナソニック株式会社 ,Panasonikku Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 6752 NYSE: PC), formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., is a multinational corporation based in Kadoma, Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing and produces products under a variety of names including Panasonic and Technics.

Since its founding in 1918, it grew to become the largest Japanese electronics producer. In addition to electronics, Panasonic offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic was ranked the 59th largest company in the world in 2007 by the Forbes Global 500 and is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders.

For 90 years since establishment, the name of the company was always topped with "松下" ("Matsushita"); before the company renamed itself on October 1, 2008, the company's name was "松下電器産業株式会社" ("Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd."), which was used since 1935.

In 1927, the company founder adopted a brand name "ナショナル" ("National") for a new lamp product, knowing "national" meant "of or relating to a people, a nation." In 1955, the company labeled its export audio speakers and lamps "PanaSonic", which was the first time it used its "Panasonic" brand name. The company began to use a brand name "Technics" in 1965. Multiple brandage lasted for some decades.

In May 2003, the company put "Panasonic" as its global brand, and set its global brand slogan, "Panasonic ideas for life." The company began to unify its brands to "Panasonic" and, by March 2004 replaced "National" for products and outdoor signboards, except for those in Japan.

On January 10, 2008, the company announced that it would change its name to "Panasonic Corporation" (effective on October 1, 2008) and unify "National" in Japan to its global brand "Panasonic" (by March 2010). The name change was approved at a shareholders' meeting on June 26, 2008.

Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita first selling duplex lamp sockets. In 1927, it produced a bicycle lamp, the first product it marketed under the brand name National. It operated factories in Japan and other parts of Asia through the end of World War II, producing electrical components and appliances such as light fixtures, motors, and electric irons.

After World War II, Panasonic regrouped and began to supply the post war boom in Japan with radios and appliances, as well as bicycles. Matsushita's brother-in-law, Toshio Iue founded Sanyo as a subcontractor for components after WWII. Sanyo grew to become a competitor to Panasonic.

The production of high-quality road and touring bicycles and bicycle components composed a little-known but substantial portion of the appliance division of the National/Panasonic corporation from 1945 through the end of the 1980s. As a child, Konosuke Matsushita, founder of National/Panasonic, had been adopted into a family who owned a small bicycle shop, and was passionate about bicycles and cycling.

National and Panasonic bicycles were sold both in Japan and overseas to various retailers, who sometimes rebadged the bikes with private labels. Despite competition from other Japanese manufacturers, Matsushita enacted a corporate policy forbidding low quality in Panasonic bicycles no matter what the profit margins. When Schwinn was forced by economics to outsource bicycles built overseas, they chose the Panasonic World series, a successful model in production from 1972. As the only vendor to meet Schwinn's rigid manufacturing and production standards, Panasonic built several models for Schwinn, such as the World Traveller and the World Voyager. During the 1970s and 1980s, Panasonic produced a full range of lugged steel frame bicycles, produced in modern factories complete with robotic welding/brazing and advanced paint application equipment. Panasonic's bicycle tires had higher thread counts and thicker treads than their competition, and established a reputation for uniformity and high quality.

From 1985 on, steady increases in the value of the Japanese yen and lower cost competition from Taiwan made Panasonic bicycles less competitive in the U.S. and other markets. Panasonic began to sell rebadged bikes made in Taiwan under their name. By 1989, Panasonic division managers were reporting that bicycles brought less revenue (and less profit) per square foot of warehouse than any other product in the corporate division. Following the death of Konosuke Matsushita, Panasonic abandoned the US bicycle market at the end of September, 1989.

In 1961, Konosuke Matsushita traveled to the United States and met with American dealers. Panasonic began producing television sets for the U.S. market under the Panasonic brand name, and expanded the use of the brand to Europe in 1979.

The company used the National trademark outside of North America during the 1950s through the 1970s. It sold televisions, radios, and home appliances in some markets. The company began opening manufacturing plants around the world. It quickly developed a reputation for well-made reliable products.

The company debuted a hi-fidelity audio speaker in Japan in 1965 with the brand Technics. This line of high quality stereo components became worldwide favorites. The most famous product still made today is the SL-1200 record player, acknowledged for its high performance, precision, and durability. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Panasonic continued to produce high-quality specialized electronics for niche markets, such as short-wave radios, and developed a successful line of stereo receivers, CD players, and other components.

In November 1999, the Japan Times reported that Panasonic planned to develop a "next generation first aid kit" called the Electronic Health Checker. At the time, the target market was said to be elderly people, especially those living in rural areas where medical help might not be immediately available, so it was planned that the kit would include support for telemedicine. The kits were then in the testing stage, with plans for eventual overseas distribution, to include the United States.

In recent years the company has been involved with the development of high-density optical disc standards intended to eventually replace the DVD and the SD memory card.

On January 19, 2006 Panasonic announced that, starting in February, it will stop producing analog televisions (then 30% of its total TV business) to concentrate on digital TVs.

On November 3, 2008 Panasonic and Sanyo were in talks, resulting in the eventual acquisition of Sanyo. The merger is to be completed by April 2009, and will result in one mega-corporation with revenues over ¥11.2 trillion (around $110 billion). As part of what will be Japan's biggest electronics company, the Sanyo brand and most of the employees will be retained.

In many computer systems, Matsushita devices identify themselves as "MATSHITA", to fit the limit of 8 characters imposed by Microsoft Windows device handlers.

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Source : Wikipedia