Nidec Corporation
 New York Stock Exchange symbol: NJ
 Tokyo Stock Exchange code: 6594

Shiro Ikushima
General Manager
Public Relations, Advertising &
Investor Relations Department

Released on January 8, 2016, in Kyoto, Japan

Nidec’s FDB Motors to be Used in Laser Position Sensor for
Groundbreaking VR (Virtual Reality) System

Nidec Corporation (NYSE: NJ) (the “Company”) today announced that it has completed the development of an FDB motor for the laser position sensor of the Vive Virtual Reality System ( planned to be launched this spring (2016) by HTC (

The motor makes use of Nidec’s advanced FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) technology, originally developed for HDD spindle motors, to achieve high rotational precision, long life and low vibration. These features combine to provide the performance necessary to accurately map the surroundings of the user and deliver the ‘Room-Scale’ VR experience of the HTC Vive.

The Vive Pre Virtual Reality System equipped with the above mentioned motor is on display at 2016 International CES currently held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. between January 6 and January 9, 2016 (US time). Please pay a visit to Nidec’s booth in the robotics zone in Tech West (the venue for Sands Expo) for an opportunity to experience the HTC Vive for yourself.

2016 International CES
Location & schedule:

 Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
 (Address: 201 Sands Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169)
 The Nidec Group’s booth:  Sands, Halls A-C-72257
 Period:  January 06 (Wed.) – January 09 (Sat.), 2016 (US time)
 Official website:
 Webpage for the Nidec Group’s products:

 For inquiries, please contact: Isami Yamaguchi
 (GM, Corporate Planning Department)
 Tel: +81-75-958-3606

Released on December 01, 2015, in Nagaokakyo-shi, Japan

Nidec-Shimpo Develops “Smart AGV” Series Automatic Guided Vehicles

Nidec-Shimpo Corporation (the “Company”) today announced that it has developed “Smart AGV” series automatic guided vehicles.

The Company has been offering its AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) drive units, equipped with one of its major products, the planetary “ABLE” speed reducer, since 2007. The products are also on sale as the reputed “AGV package,” which, with a controller, a dedicated magnetic sensor, and other devices, can be converted into a system easily.

The “Smart AGV” series, which was developed as next-generation automatic guided vehicles equipped with the Nidec Group’s advanced technologies such as the “ultra-low floor,” “guideless maneuvering,” and “wireless operation,” are planned to be launched in spring 2016.

The Company will continue the sales of its existing AGV drive units and AGV package.

Overview of the Smart AGV series automatic guided vehicles:
Maximum loading weight: 100kg
Loading area: Size A2 (420 x 594mm)
Maximum speed: 60m/min.
Longest continuous operation time: 8 hours (1 hour for battery recharging) (with the use of a lithium-ion battery and a plug-in battery recharging system)*
Dimensions: 630mm (w) x 790mm (l) x 200mm (h)
Weight: 65kg
Specifications: 200W servo motor + 1/15 built-in planetary reducer (one unit for each side)
                          φ120mm urethane rubber tires
                          Equipped with a uniquely developed suspension mechanism
                          Equipped with a laser range sensor
Stopping accuracy: ±30mm
                          *Results may vary depending on peripheral environments.
Control method: Tablet-based wireless operations using a monitor (to see operating status and problems)
Safety equipment: Infrared sensor (detection distance: 1m) and bumper sensor
* The sensors are planned to be made available for automatic and non-contact battery recharging vehicles.

Features of the Smart AGV series automatic guided vehicles:
(i) Low-floor structure that expands the vehicles’ applications (200mm above the floor)
(ii) Stable movement on any floor surface based on a uniquely developed suspension
(iii) Equipped with a high-capacity lithium ion battery that enables continuous long-hour
operation (up to 8 hours)
(iv) Laser sensor-based guideless movement
(v) Easily maintainable vehicle structure

The above Smart SGV vehicles will be exhibited at the upcoming CES 2016, which will be held from January 06 to 09, 2016 in Las Vegas in the US, and a demonstration will be held to show their running performance.

Moving forward, the Company will further improve its product lineup by including large-scale models and other products.