Is used to be that Japanese companies only made alliances with each other -- while at the same time fighting tooth and nail for competitive advantage. But now we have a Japanese company -- Sony, no less -- that has gone outside of "the family" with its alliance with South Korea's Samsung over flat-panel display technology. (It's also funny how Samsung has passed Sony as a favored consumer brand -- something unheard of just a few short years ago.)
Seems both companies are looking at the bright side of this alliance -- better technology for Sony, better marketing and branding for Samsung.
Ultimately who will be the winner? Maybe both companies, but ultimately us consumers who will enjoy the fruits of their joint labors, some of which is on display the CES in Las Vegas this week.