Consumer electronics maker Thomson announced that it has formed a business alliance in digital television (DTV) development with Japanese television and electronic goods manufacturer, Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
The alliance includes joint development work and the exclusive license to Funai of certain patents relating to digital television (DTV) technology. Under a separate cooperation supply agreement, Thomson will provide Funai with color picture tubes (CPT).
According to Thomson, the agreement with Funai reflects its strategy to leverage its intellectual property in DTV and will also expand the development and sales potential of the CPT business as Funai shipped over 9 million televisions in 2004.
Thomson has previously announced a strategy of partnerships in CPTs, which continues to progress on plan and schedule.
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