Rumors are swirling just two years after Hewlett-Packard acquired high-end boutique PC maker VoodooPC that it’s ready to let them go. There are apparently internal communications circulating regarding layoffs in that division. Adding credence to the whispers is the fact that Voodoo has been returning components to its supplier, such as the power supplies used to build its crazily powerful (and crazily expensive) Omen gaming desktop. Topower, who supplies the Voodoo division of HP with the requisite power supply, is thought to have received over three hundred back from the manufacturer. Given that HP only ships an estimated one hundred Omen desktops each month, it really doesn’t bode well for the brand’s future.
So what happens to Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC and current CTO of HP’s Global Gaming Business? He’ll probably stay where he is. VoodooPC was obviously successful enough to be an attractive acquisition target for HP, and HP also has their own gaming brand to build (with their current flagship Blackbird desktop). One interesting note: in a recent blog post about Intel’s foray into the world of solid state disks, Rahul Sood talked about how he had a pair of said disks in a RAID 0 configuration in a Blackbird desktop. A Blackbird desktop, not an Omen.
It’s quite the coincidence that all of this happens just a few weeks after similar (and ultimately incorrect, at least for now) rumors were brought up with Alienware and its parent company, Dell. For now, the Alienware brand seems pretty safe. The same cannot be said, however, for VoodooPC.
Based on a response founder Rahul Sood gave to Gizmodo, that HP is looking to leverage its high-end branding, etc., it sounds as if the VoodooPC brand might be sticking around, but the Voodoo stand-alone company may not.
via <a href=http://techgage.com/news/HP_Rumored_to_be_Closing_VoodooPC>TechGage</a>
founder Rahul Sood’s <a href=http://www.rahulsood.com/>blog</a>