Craig Artherholt

Next month, Hewlett Packard and Thomson will begin shipping 18, co-branded computer accessory SKUs into the retail channel in a joint bid for a share in the multi-billion dollar computer accessory market. Designed using HP's trademark Arctic Gray, the HP/RCA computer accessory line will feature an HP/RCA-branded wireless modem jack, good-better-best surge protectors (including a Smart Plate wall socket model), USB switches and hubs, connecting cables, computer mice and the SystemLink powerline networking system (featured in Pipeline, Page 6). The HP/RCA marketing/distribution alliance, in development for slightly less than a year, allows Thomson's accessory division to leverage HP's branding and distribution relationships in the

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