Amazon is about to get its own computer company, according to CNBC.
The online retailer said it will acquire the robotics startup Razer and its software division, Synapse, in an agreement that could help it expand into the PC market.
Amazon is currently the largest online retailer in the world, with a market cap of about $US2.6 trillion ($3.6 billion).
The acquisition will create a hardware arm for the company that could eventually expand into other areas, including gaming, the company said in a statement.
“We are excited to partner with Amazon on this acquisition, and to see the potential for Synapse to drive innovation in the next generation of gaming peripherals, and our broader consumer product portfolio,” Robson Spencer, Razer’s chief executive officer, said in the statement.
Synapse has developed its own line of consumer and enterprise gaming peripherets.
Razer will have more than 2,000 employees in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
Amazon has been working to expand its computing operations to the PC arena, hiring more than 1,000 people to help develop its own operating system.