Dell confirmed industry rumors that had the company buying high-end gaming PC maker Alienware by officially announcing the acquisition last week.
Earlier, both direct-to-consumer companies denied that they were in merger talks. When completed, the privately held, Miami-based Alienware will become a wholly owned Dell subsidiary. Alienware will retain its own development, marketing and sales organizations, but will take advantage of Dell's supply chain and operational efficiencies, the companies said in a joint press release.
The move is unusual for Dell, which has always opted to grow internally rather than through acquisitions.
Additional details were not available at press time.