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PC Solutions Briefs: Fujitsu, NEC, German PCs

PC Solutions Briefs: Fujitsu, NEC, German PCs

Fujitsu tops hard drive market: IDC studyFujitsu has claimed the top position in hard disk manufacture in Australia, according to latest figures from market analyst IDC.

The company sold more than one in three hard disk drives in the open market in the quarter to December 2000, dominating the IDE market. Fujitsu sales accounted for 34.9 per cent of the 240,000 units sold in the period from October to December.

According to Fujitsu general manager for peripheral products Michael Yell, around one in every 15 Australians using a PC is using a Fujitsu hard disk drive.

"Fujitsu manufactures a full range of components," he explained. "This enables us to work with our customers not just as a single component supplier, but as a business partner offering complete solutions."

NEC looks to cut PCs

After announcing the company would significantly scale down its memory operations in the US by slashing staff, NEC is now considering ceasing production of desktop PCs to further reduce costs.

Having announced in January that it would consider selling many of its overseas manufacturing facilities, the semiconductor arm of the electronics manufacturer announced it would reduce operations at one of its US fabrication facilities, and lay off 700 employees from a number of its business units earlier this month.

Now the Japanese company is looking at reorganising its computer unit, which is losing money on account of lowered DRAM prices and PC demand.

German PCs dubbed copying devices

Two German copyright organisations have filed suit to get royalty payments of 30 euros ($54) per computer sold from PC maker Fujitsu Siemens Computer.

VG WORT, which represents authors, publishers and VG Bild-Kunst, filed the lawsuit in Arbitration Court at the German Patent Office in Munich. The organisations see the PC as a copying device.

The lawsuit is based on a 1965 law, originally aimed at tape recorders and photocopiers, which levies intellectual property fees on the sale of duplicating devices. The organisations contend that levies should be paid on PCs, with the proceeds to compensate creators of intellectual property, which can theoretically be duplicated without permission.

"A computer allows you to store material in its RAM and on a hard drive, which is reproduction," said Frank Thoms, a lawyer for VG WORT.


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