Uneasy Alliance: Defections hit a computer team

Defections hit a computer team

The idea was something along the lines of one for all and all for one. Top- notch U.S. high-tech companies would combine their research efforts and defeat their fierce competitors from Japan. But now the alliance, known as the $ Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. (MCC), is suffering some serious defections. Last week MCC announced that Unisys, Lockheed and Allied- Signal had given notice that they will be departing from the consortium at the end of the year. All three companies say in essence that being part of the group no longer fits their needs.

Moreover, the consortium must find a...

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