Sharp joins Japanese desktop PC gang

Sharp could be the latest Japanese giant to push into desktop PC sales.

The firm will early next year enter the consumer desktop market with a range that uses LCD screens and DVD-ROM drives, according to reports from Japan. If correct, Sharp would be bolstering a trend that has seen Sony and Toshiba produce its first desktops in the US this year, and Toshiba announce plans for a similar approach in the UK in 1997.

"It makes sense in that we're trying to produce larger LCDs rather than CRTs," said a Sharp UK spokeswoman. "We're making a huge commitment to notebooks, so it may be a natural progression."

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