TOKYO -- Asian equity markets ended lower Friday, as technology shares closed out the week with a whimper.

In Tokyo, the

Nikkei 225

closed down 276.2 points, or 1.9%, at 14,582.2, as tech bellwether

Sony

(SNE) - Get Report

suffered heavy losses after posting disappointing earnings. The

Topix

index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, made tiny gains, creeping 0.8 higher to 1408.0.

Sony tanked 780 yen, or 7.5%, to 9,570 ($88.31), as second-quarter profits evaporated as the company shelled out heaps to launch its PlayStation 2 video game console.

NEC

(NIPNY)

rose 125 yen, or 5.9%, to 2,240 and

Fujitsu

(FJTSY)

fell 77 yen, or 3.8%, to 1,973.

Telecom shares had a good end to the week, as

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

(NTT)

rose 40,000 yen, or 4%, to 1.05 million and wireless operator

NTT DoCoMo

(NTDMY)

closed up 90,000 yen, or 3.1%, at 2.86 million.

The dollar traded at 108.37 yen, up from 108.24 yen Thursday.

Elsewhere, Taiwan's

TWSE

index fell 136.7, or 2.3%, to 5805.2, as chipmaking giant

Taiwan Semiconductor

(TSM) - Get Report

fell 3.3%. South Korea's

Kospi

index slid 8.3, or 1.6%, to 515.3.

Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index dipped 93.8, or 0.6%, to 14,902.5, as

Pacific Century CyberWorks

(PCW)

fell 0.8% to HK$6.00 ($0.76) and

China Mobile

(CHL) - Get Report

rose HK$0.50, or 1%, to 52.75.