Dell signs deal to buy Toshiba PC components

Toshiba has signed a three-year contract worth £3.55bn to supply computer components to Dell, writes Daniel Thomas.

Toshiba has signed a three-year contract worth £3.55bn to supply computer components to Dell, writes Daniel Thomas.

Dell will initially purchase Toshiba components including memory, storage products and liquid crystal displays, and the deal may be expanded to include other technologies, such as batteries and colour display tubes.

Dell is also considering a range of strategic technology products, including Toshiba's low-temperature, poly-silicon LCDs and new memory products that use higher density geometries to increase capacity.

Dell believes the alliance with Toshiba will herald a long-term alignment of the companies' product roadmaps and give Dell access to technologies currently under development at Toshiba.

Glenn Neland, vice-president of worldwide procurement for Dell, said, "The agreement provides Dell with a fast track to Toshiba's industry-leading product and emerging technologies."

Takeshi Nakagawa, executive vice-president of the semiconductor company for Toshiba, said, "We look forward to helping Dell capitalise on the significant global opportunities anticipated for the computing industry in the emerging Internet age."

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