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WEGA (pronounced vega) was a pioneering German radio manufacturer, manufacturing some of Germany's earliest radio sets. In 1975, it was acquired by Sony Corporation, at this point, they were known throughout Europe for stylish and high-quality stereo equipment. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), (NYSE: SNE) is a global consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ...


In 1996, Sony released a television line called FD Trinitron WEGA, a flat-screen television with side-mounted speakers and a silver cabinet. At its release, the television was considered revolutionary in its performance and minimalist design; the WEGA was a success in the marketplace to the point that almost every flat-screen CRT television has copied its design. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The initialism CRT has more than one use: In electronics, the cathode ray tube of a display device, such as a television In U.S. schools, the Criterion-Referenced Test In mathematics, the Chinese remainder theorem In computing, the C Run-Time Library In medicine, it means Corneal Refractive Therapy. ...


Sony marketing materials for the television state that the FD Trinitron WEGA was named after the main star in the Lyra constellation, and make no reference to the original WEGA firm, although many products sold by WEGA after its acquisition by Sony shared much design language with the television, notably the rather minimalist styling and silver metallic finish.


Although not publically denied or confirmed by Sony, it is quite likely that the WEGA brand was an influence on its name, perhaps due to the design or a previous intention to sell the television as a WEGA.


 
 

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