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AMD/Fujitsu: making their own company

Advanced Micro Devices and Fujitsu have made a grab for the number two spot in the flash memory market by agreeing to expand their ten year old manufacturing joint venture into a full-fledged company with its own R&D and marketing operations. The move raises questions about AMD's longer term strategy, and spinning off the flash business remains an option.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Cognos/Fujitsu: soft on Japan

Cognos is hoping to benefit from Fujitsu's experience in the Japanese market, while its new Japanese partner gains from Cognos' knowledge of business intelligence software. Fujitsu is turning its attention to the computer services business as the hardware market toughens, but competition is also heating up in services.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Renault/Nissan: moving ever closer

Having already increased their holding stakes in each other's companies, Renault and Nissan are now stepping up the collaboration in production and sales. The two will now share up to 10 vehicle platforms and eight engines in a venture that is becoming increasingly successful.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

NTT DoCoMo: mobile phones and ATMs

The ATM sector is hot at the moment, with a number of interesting developments taking place across the world. DoCoMo's plan to integrate mobile phones and ATMs aims to capitalize upon the high levels of usage of mobile technologies in Japan. Japan may well be a test case for the rest of the world.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Snow Brand/Nestle: not quite like candy from a baby

Snow Brand certainly needs a partner to shore up its image following a series of scandals, and there are few companies with a quality reputation as rock-solid as the Swiss giant. However, baby products may not be the best area to lead the brand recovery charge.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Fujitsu/Sagem: grab your partners

The deal will allow the two companies to cut the cost of 3G development. But while both firms will certainly benefit, the advantages will be short lived as other manufacturers follow suit. Consolidation in this industry seems inevitable and companies trying to 'go it alone' will find the market an increasingly difficult place to survive.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Matsushita/Nintendo: join the Q

The Q looks and feels like a home entertainment system, while also allowing the owner to play GameCube games. As a result, it should prove popular among the 18-25 year olds who have driven sales of Sony's PlayStation. The device is the result of a 1999 agreement between Matsushita and Nintendo - and may not be their last GameCube-related product.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sony Ericsson: challenging Nokia for the top spot

The statement follows Sony Ericsson's announcement earlier in the week that it would focus on higher-margin devices. In short, the company wants to take Nokia's crown in producing premium products that still command huge market share. The power of its twin brand name, and Sony's expertise in consumer electronics, leave it with a better hope than many.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sharp/DoCoMo: 3G PDA set for success, as long as it works

The alliance couples Sharp's handset and display technologies with DoCoMo's experience in high-speed mobile data. Sharp is in a good position to produce the device: its PDAs which lack mobile capabilities have sold extremely well. The major factor determining the new device's success will be the speed, quality and range of DoCoMo's network.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kirin: Asian expansion on the cards

Kirin is following its Japanese rival Asahi into the rest of Asia. Expanding abroad will provide Kirin with growth opportunities outside a difficult domestic market. However, it will face strong competition from other international brewers - and the controversy over San Miguel's ownership could cause future headaches.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2002

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