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Thomson, SA
Type Public: NYSETMS
Euronext: TMS
Founded Paris, France (1893)
Headquarters Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Key people Frank E. Dangeard, Chairman/CEO
Jean-Charles Hourcade, SVP/CTO
Julian Waldron SVP/CFO
Industry Consumer electronics
Products See partial products listing.
Revenue € 8.5 billion (2005)
Employees 59,133 (2004)
Website www.thomson.net

Thomson SA NYSETMS Euronext: TMS, formerly known as Thomson Multimedia is a multinational electronics manufacturer and media services provider headquartered in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. In 2004 it had almost 60,000 employees in 30 countries worldwide. In 2005 its consolidated revenues were € 8.5 billion. Image File history File links Information. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday [[speech. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Euronext N.V. is a pan-European stock exchange based in Paris[1] and with subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible... Thomson has several meanings: Thomson SA, formerly known as Thomson Multimedia, a French electronics manufacturer and media services provider. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Euronext N.V. is a pan-European stock exchange based in Paris[1] and with subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom. ... Boulogne-Billancourt is a city and commune in France, the sous-préfecture (=subprefecture) of the Hauts-de-Seine département in the ÃŽle-de-France région. ...

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History

Thomson is named after the electrical engineer Elihu Thomson, who was born in Manchester, England, on March 26, 1853. Thomson moved to Philadelphia at the age of 5, with his family. Elihu Thomson (March 29, 1853 - March 13, 1937) was an engineer who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, Britain and France. ... Manchester (pronounced ) is a city and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ...


Thomson formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1879 with Edwin Houston. The company merged with the Edison General Electric Company to become the General Electric Company in 1892. In 1893, the Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) was formed in Paris, a sister company to GE in the United States. It is from this company that the modern Thomson Group would evolve. The Thomson-Houston Electric Company was formed in 1883 from the merger of the Elihu Thomsons American Electric Company and the interests of Edwin Houston. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Edwin J. Houston (1847–1914) was an American electrical inventor. ... Edison is the last name of a famous United States inventor: Thomas Edison Other people known by the name Edison: Charles Edison – son of Thomas Edison and Governor of New Jersey Edison Chen – popular Hong Kong teen idol Edison Carter, character in the television show Max Headroom A number of... GE redirects here. ... The name General Electric Company refers to two companies: An American multinational, General Electric A defunct British company, The General Electric Company plc, now a part of Telent plc Category: ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1966 CFTH merged with Hotchkiss-Brandt to form Thomson-Houston-Hotchkiss-Brandt (soon renamed Thomson-Brandt). In 1968 the electronics business of Thomson-Brandt merged with Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) to form Thomson-CSF. Thomson Brandt maintained a significant shareholding in this company (approximately 40%). Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Thomson-CSF was a major electronics and defense contractor. ...


In 1982 both Thomson-Brandt and Thomson-CSF were nationalized by François Mitterrand. Thomson-Brandt was renamed Thomson SA (Société Anonyme) and merged with Thomson-CSF.   IPA: (October 26, 1916 – January 8, 1996) was President of France from 1981 to 1995, elected as representative of the Socialist Party (PS). ...


In 1987, the state-run Thomson bought RCA and GE Consumer Electronics from GE. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Ge may refer to: Gê, a group of indigenous Brazilian tribes and their Ge languages Ge (Cyrillic) (Г, г), a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet Ge with upturn (Ґ, ґ), a letter of the Ukrainian alphabet Nikolai Ge, a Russian painter Gē, an ancient Chinese dagger-axe Ge (genus), a genus of butterflies Also...


In 1988 Thomson Consumer Electronics was formed, renamed Thomson Multimedia in 1995. The French government split the consumer electronics and defence businesses prior to privatisation in 1999, those companies being Thomson Multimedia and Thomson-CSF. Thomson-CSF went through a series of transactions, including with Marconi plc, before becoming Thales in 2000. The Marconi Corporation plc is a radio, telecommunication, and internet equipment manufacturing company, formerly known as The General Electric Company and Marconi plc Marconi Corporation should not be confused with the Marconi Company founded by Guglielmo Marconi. ... The Thales Group (Euronext: HO) is a global electronics company serving aerospace, defence, and information technology markets worldwide. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Like its American counterpart, the French Thomson has manufactured a variety of electrical, and later electronic, products for industrial, consumer, and military markets.


In 1998 Cirpack, a softswitch manufacturer, was incorporated and acquired in April 2005.


More than 4 million VoIP lines (July 2006) are being run over Cirpack softswitches, within Free Telecom, T-Online or Telecom Italia. Headquarters in Darmstadt T-Online, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Telekom, is the biggest internet service provider in Germany. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


More than 80 voice services providers(carriers, cablos and ISPs)in 30 countries operate Cirpack softswitches.


In 2000, Thomson Multimedia purchased Technicolor from Carlton Television (owned by Carlton Communications) in the UK. Thomson also purchased Internet startup Singingfish from private owners. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Carlton Television was the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ... Singingfish was an audio/video search engine that powered audio video search for Windows Media Player, RealOne / RealPlayer, WindowsMedia. ...


In 2001, Thomson Multimedia purchased the Grass Valley Group from a private owner. There also is Grass Valley, California, a city in Nevada County, California, USA and Grass Valley, Oregon, a city located in Sherman County, Oregon. ...


In 2002, Thomson Multimedia renamed itself Thomson.


In 2004, Thomson purchased the Moving Picture Company from ITV. Later in the same year, Thomson began a move into the broadcast management, facilities and services market, with the purchase of Corinthian Television. In the same year Thomson increased its stake in bangalore based Celstream Technologies specializing in product engineering. Moving Picture Company (MPC) is one of the worlds leading post production facilities creating high-end digital visual effects and computer animation for the advertising, music, television and feature film industries. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990...


Later in 2004, Thomson set up a joint venture (TTE) with China's TCL, giving to TCL all manufacturing of RCA and Thomson television and DVD products and making TCL the global leader in TV manufacturing. (Thomson still controls the brands themselves and licenses them to TTE.) At the time, TCL was hailed as the first Chinese company to compete on the international stage with large international corporations. Thomson initially retained all marketing of TTE's products, but transferred that to TTE in 2005. Thomson sold its multimedia search engine Singingfish to AOL in late 2004. The TCL Corporation is a Chinese electronics manufacturer headquartered in Huizhou of Guangdong Province, southern China. ... Singingfish was an audio/video search engine that powered audio video search for Windows Media Player, RealOne / RealPlayer, WindowsMedia. ... It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ...


In June 2005, Videocon Group India announced that it would acquire the colour picture tube manufacturing business from Thomson SA for Euro 240m. [1] In 1985, through a technical tie-up with Toshiba Corporation of Japan, Videocon International Limited launched Indias first Color Television. ...


In July of 2005, Thomson agreed to purchase the independently-held PRN Corporation for $285 million dollars. PRN is the largest in-store television network in the United States.


In December 2005, Thomson re-purchased the Broadcast & Multimedia part from Thales Group. It also announced its intention to eventually sell off its Audio/Video and Accessories businesses, which includes all consumer electronics under the RCA and Thomson brands except TVs (now part of TTE) and communications products such as cordless phones (which it will keep). The Thales Group (Euronext: HO) is a global electronics company serving aerospace, defence, and information technology markets worldwide. ...


Organization

Thomson operates under four strategic brands servicing a variety of global markets:

  • Thomson: Providing consumer electronics to Europe
  • Grass Valley: Providing equipment and services to broadcast industries throughout the world
  • Technicolor: Providing services to film industries throughout the world

In December 2006, Thomson agreed to sell its consumer electronics accessory business, including rights to the RCA name for consumer electronics accessories, to Audiovox.[2] Grass Valley, previously known as Grass Valley Group, is a subsidiary company of the French company Thomson. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Audiovox (NASDAQ: VOXX) is an electronics company. ...


Thomson also uses the GE (under license) and other brands for consumer electronics in the United States and Canada. It uses both the Thomson and RCA brands for consumer electronics in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Rim. GE redirects here. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... The USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group along with ships from Australia, Chile, Japan, Canada, and Korea speed towards Honolulu in RIMPAC 2000. ...


Thomson also controls the patents and licensing of the MP3 audio codec. A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time (normally maximum 20 years from the filing date, depending on extension). ... How to obtain a amature radio licence differs from country to country. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular audio encoding format. ... A codec is a device or program capable of performing encoding and decoding on a digital data stream or signal. ...


They also produce a TiVo-based personal video recorder. TiVo (pronounced tee-voh, IPA: ) is a popular brand of digital video recorder (DVR) in the United States. ... A digital video recorder (DVR) is a device that records video to a digital storage medium in digital form. ...


Portfolio

  • Consumer electronics
    • Scenium range of HDTV and EDTV TV systems
    • LiFE range of low cost 4:3 CRT TV systems
    • Scenium DVD and home-theatre systems
    • Lyra personal media players
    • Digital TV receivers
    • Satellite receivers (division acquired from Grundig)
    • GE digital and analog telephones
    • SpeedTouch range of ADSL modems and IP phones
  • Film services
    • Film processing
    • Post production and special effects
    • VHS, DVD and film-reel authoring and distribution
    • Digital cinema
  • Broadcast equipment and services
    • Video disk recorders and servers
    • Digital news production
    • Cameras
    • Routers and control surfaces
    • Video switchers
    • Broadcast facilities
    • Digital media asset management
    • Analogue and digital radio broadcasting equipment
    • Cable modems

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References

In December 2006, the European subsidiary of TTE closed its operations in France and TTE lost the right to use the Thomson brand on TV sold in Europe


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