HP Turning Into Apple, Set To Buy AMD?

HP looks set to emulate Apple after announcing that it will be porting WebOS, Palm's operating system, to the desktop where it will face Microsoft's Windows and to other devices including printers.

A spokesperson for HP told us that there are no set timescale for now, no dual booting product in the pipeline and that Windows remains a strategic partners for HP.

WebOS is already powering a number of phones (Pre, Veer), one tablet (the Touchpad) and one printer (XXX) and we suspect that laptops, desktops and even microservers are not far behind.

As it turns out, HP appears to be emulating Apple's own strategy; the Cupertino-based company has already stated that it wants to maintain as much control as possible on the technologies it uses inside its products.

This is why Apple uses iOS, MacOS, invested in Imagination Technologies and bought two semiconductor startups.

By acquiring Palm last year, HP has received a proven mobile platform that can be scaled beyond its remit but it still remains vulnerable when it comes to hardware.

Historically, HP has not been lucky when it comes to processors; its collaboration with Intel on Itanium and its own PA-RISC family haven't been as successful as expected (to put it bluntly).

But all this could change if HP decided to become an ARM licensee like Nvidia or Microsoft or buy AMD which is now a fabless company with some promising products.

Dell is rumoured to be interested in the Austin-based chip maker for the same reasons, we guess, and since buying Intel is out of question, AMD may well become a very courted company in 2011.