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*****For immediate use February 3, 2004

Pioneer to Acquire NEC's Plasma Display Businesses

- Memorandum of Understanding Concluded between Pioneer and NEC -

Pioneer Corporation
NEC Corporation

February 3, 2004, Tokyo, Japan --- Pioneer Corporation (TSE: 6773; NYSE: PIO) and NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701; NASDAQ: NIPNY) jointly announced today that they had concluded a Memorandum of Understanding, by which NEC is to transfer to Pioneer (i) all the shares NEC holds in its subsidiary, NEC Plasma Display Corporation, and (ii) all the intellectual property rights NEC holds in relation to plasma displays.

In recent years Pioneer has been improving its business structures, reflecting its "select and focus" management policy, and one of its most important management strategies has been to further expand the plasma display business as a core of its current businesses.

NEC has been developing its businesses, focusing on two core domains of integrated IT/network solutions and semiconductor solutions, and is advancing strategies that fit the distinctive characteristics of these two business domains. Regarding NEC's display business, although strong growth is expected in displays for TV set use, substantial funding is required to expand growth. Taking this into consideration, NEC in line with its promotion of policies to find external capital for new growth in the industry examined the possibility of creating an alliance aiming for large-scale advantages to develop business.

In this business environment, Pioneer and NEC, which both independently develop and produce plasma displays, found that their respective technologies are familiar, and came to the conclusion that the integration of the highly-developed technologies and production capabilities of the two companies would enable them to demonstrate the maximum of their expertise and take the lead in the market, which will help meet the ever-rapidly increasing demand for plasma displays worldwide.

Details of the transfer of shares, etc., as well as the date of transfer, will be determined at a later date, and will be announced accordingly.

Outline of NPD

Company name: NEC Plasma Display Corporation
Headquarters: 7-1, 5-Chome, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tamagawa Office: 1753, Shimonube, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Kagoshima Plant: 2080, Ohnohara-cho, Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
President: Kenji Tokuyama
Paid-in Capital: 10 billion yen
Products: Plasma display sets and modules
Sales: Approximately 50 billion yen (estimates for fiscal year, ending
  March 31, 2004)
Employees: Approximately 1,100 employees (as of the end of January, 2004)


For further information, please contact (in Japan):

Pioneer Corporation 
Public Relations, phone: 81-3-3495-9903; e-mail:

NEC Corporation
Corporate Communications Division
Diane Foley, phone: 81-3-3798-6511; e-mail:
Makoto Miyakawa, phone: 81-3-3798-6511; e-mail:
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