Samsung invests in Wacom digitizers and pens

Summary:Samsung has been working with Wacom to build its S Pens used in its phones and tablets. It bought 5 percent in Wacom to firm up its pen strategy.

Note 2 and pen
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with S Pen Image credit: James Kendrick/ZDNet

Samsung Electronics has invested in Wacom by buying 5 percent of the digitizer company. Wacom sells its own digitizing tablets and makes digitizers and electronic pens for the industry at large. It has long been the maker of pen/digitizer technology used in Tablet PCs.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wacom worked with Samsung to produce the S Pen the latter uses in its Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and various tablets. The investment is seen by Samsung as a "strategic investment for increased cooperation with the pen solution company".

See related: Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Big enough to be worth the trouble

Samsung has expressed no intention of acquiring a majority stake in Wacom but if the collaboration works well don't discount that possibility. Wacom makes the digitizer/pen technology used by various tablet makers, a business sure to expand with the release of Windows 8.

PC makers are racing to market with various Windows 8 tablets, and no doubt a fair number of those are using Wacom technology. The Samsung investment in the company could spell big things down the road if these Windows 8 tablets start selling in numbers.

Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone makers with the popularity of its Galaxy line of phones. This includes the Galaxy Note 2 which uses the Wacom S Pen technology developed with Samsung.

This investment in Wacom could be the first step in locking up resources Samsung will need for both its smartphone business and its Android/Windows 8 tablets.

Topics: Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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