Toshiba sets up network computing office

Hoping to better co-ordinate its in-house development, Toshiba has opened an office to develop hardware and software for network computers.

Hoping to better co-ordinate its in-house development, Toshiba has opened an office to develop hardware and software for network computers, a spokesman says.

Called the Network Computer Planning Office, the cross-divisional group will draw upon the strengths of the company's disparate divisions to create network computing hardware and software, the spokesman says. The office will assume responsibility for developing Java-related products, including a Java-based personal digital assistant that is expected to hit the market sometime next year, the spokesman says.

The group is part of companywide strategy to make Toshiba more flexible and innovative through coordinating the work of several different groups, he says. One fruit of that effort is the company's digital video disk, announced last week.

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