Forbes is reporting that HP has acquired hot rod PC maker, Voodoo PC. Dell recently acquired Alienware which was also a gaming PC maker. The climate during the Dell acquisition is very similar to that surrounding the HP acquisition. Dell had been under-performing with lower than expected financial statements plus the fact that Intel tied up with Apple. How did Dell react? Dell not only acquired Alienware but announced that it would start using AMD chips as opposed to Intel only chips. This may have taken the heat of them for the mean time but with Apple’s continuous resurgence Dell may still be coughing and sneezing for some time.
Back to HP whose chairman recently resigned because she had apparently authorised the use of some crooked methods to unearth the mole within the board. Suddenly Mark Hurd see’s the need to change the focus by announcing that HP had acquired Alienware, well this might not be the case. But the computing industry just got a whole lot serious.
Congratulations to the chaps at Voodoo and HP for making the industry a lot more interesting.