Can Samsung Usher Ast To A Front Row Seat?

Just 18 months ago, it looked as if AST Research Inc. was poised to leap to the top tier of personal-computer companies. While Compaq, Dell, and Apple were still recovering from earlier fumbles, AST was purchasing Tandy Corp.'s computer-making operations at fire-sale prices. The new factories and access to more than 6,500 Radio Shack and Computer City stores would surely push AST from No.6 to No.4 in the U.S., the company bragged.

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