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there are exceptions
Himanshugupta   6/22/2012 10:32:41 AM

Integrating hardware and software is not always the complete circle. As you yourself has listed the hardware companies which have invested significantly in the software companies without much success. Copying Apple's success has been elusive. On the other hand there are companies (Samsung, Intel) which have been doing well without software branches. It is true that bringing both hardware/software knowledge inhouse can be beneficial but this has to pass the litmus test of today's time. 

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acquisition for growth
elctrnx_lyf   6/22/2012 7:46:26 AM

Even though many chip companies start with a single part provider they tend to grow as supplier of multiple parts and software support requirement grow big. SOme time it will be more easier to purchase an already established firm than starting a complete new team.

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