IBM consolidates laptop, desktop divisions

IBM consolidates laptop, desktop divisions

IBM will immediately consolidate the development, marketing and operations of its ThinkPad and NetVista lines of computers, forming a new group called the Personal Computing Devices Group, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

The move "makes perfect sense" as both lines of computers are based on Intel chips and there need not be two groups developing machines from the same base, said Ray Gorman, an IBM spokesperson. The consolidation is aimed at saving IBM money on the development, marketing and operations of both lines of computers, though there will be no layoffs resulting from the move, Gorman said.

The ThinkPad is IBM's portable computer and the NetVista is the company's line of desktops. One NetVista model, the A40, bridges some of the gaps - visually, at least - between the laptop and desktop lines, as it includes an LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, the type used in portables.

The consolidation comes only two months after IBM reorganised server and printer groups, and a week after rumours swirled that the company was ready to fold its Lotus Development software subsidiary into the company as well.

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