After Dell buying Alienware, HP has now bought VoodooPC. “Even though you may not know it, there is one thing about HP that makes them stand out among the rest: serious innovation. Backed by a USD 3.5+ billion dollar R&D budget, HP labs was generating an average of eleven unique patents a day. We’re not talking about ‘supply chain innovations’ either; they are sitting on a treasure trove of product innovations with massive potential. For me, getting a ticket into HP Labs would be like Charlie getting a ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. I was relentless… Yes, HP was/is the company that both my brother and I agreed is the perfect match for Voodoo.”
HP Buys VoodooPC
Submitted by Adurbe 2006-09-29 Hardware 8 Comments
a company like VoodooPC with this kind of R+D should produce some WONDERFUL products (none of which I can afford, but wonderful nonetheless!)
And HP is the company that killed off the Alpha processor, Tru64 and HPUX in a bid to become Dell.
While I can’t say anything about whether or not those were indeed good investments to begin with, HP sounded like they were cutting BACK on research… I guess that’s changed since I last read about HP (which is apparently a while ago- Carly(?) Fiorina was president then; this article says the CEO is someone named Mark Hurd)
Edited 2006-09-29 15:55
When Dell bought Alienware I didn’t understand the reasons behind the acquisition. I felt that Alienware had become more generic over the past couple years to the point that they didn’t seem that much different from the XPS series that Dell started other than the obvious difference of using AMD chips. It’s even harder for me to understand the acquisition now that Dell is using AMD chips and Intel has the best high end processors.
This news is much easier for me to understand, and I hope it goes well for both companies. Despite the fact that I’ve heard complaints from a number of people about HP computers my experience with them has always been good. And, while I’ve never been able to afford a VoodooPC, I have always admired them from a distance. I actually hope that this acquisition will create a partnership that allows good economy of scale without compromising the quality of what VoodooPC has offered for years. I’m also hoping that there will be some carryover of ideas from VoodooPC into HP products.