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July 23, 1991

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS REALLOCATIONS

By CBR Staff Writer

Of those parts of Philips Electronics NV’s Information Systems division that are not going over to Digital Equipment Corp (see front), it looks as if the Smart Card operation will move into to Philips’ Security business, while informed thinking has the Vienna-based Dictation Systems operation landing on the Personal Information Products division’s plate, the personal computer and CD-ROM side of the company – indeed Philips, which claims its personal computer business is the 11th largest in the world now and shifting some 400,000 units per year – is aiming to break into the top five of the market by 1994; the effort begins early next year with a new multi-media box set to come in the retail end of its range, followed by a planned series of notebook computers, which will be built at a manufacturing plant currently under construction in Taiwan; it will establish a US West Coast base in the autumn, together with new sales and technical teams.

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