The European Commission approved a number of merger proposals involving technology manufacturers and suppliers in late March 2010. Dassault Systèmes’s acquisition of IBM DS, a branch of the US technology firm IBM Corp (which sells Product Life Management software products) was cleared on the basis that the companies’ customer and distribution bases were distinct enough to ensure that a merger would not affect competition in the software market. The Commission also conditionally authorised Cisco Systems’s plans to acquire Tandberg, which produces and supplies video conferencing software and equipment. The merger was heavily scrutinised amid concerns that the overlaps between the two firms’ activities would distort competition in the high-end video conferencing market. However, the deal was approved after Cisco Systems gave a commitment to divest its rights in a particular video conferencing protocol to ensure that the merged entity’s products will interact with those of its competitors. Finally, the Commission also approved the acquisition of the digital camera manufacturer Samsung Digital Imaging Co Ltd by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a producer of memory cards used in cameras. Although the deal raised some issues over vertical integration of the firms’ respective activities, the Commission found that there was a strong competitor presence in the market for digital memory cards.