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Intel's Mobile Cyber Claim


By Allan Holmes August 30, 2010

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The Baltimore Sun's financial columnist, Jay Hancock, wrote on Monday that Intel's announced purchase of mobile chip maker Infineon is actually a smarter deal than Intel's acquisition of McAfee, which was made public on Aug. 19.

Hancock's reasoning:

Intel intends to weave McAfee into its mobile strategy, aiming the security solutions toward mobile users. But Intel is a semiconductor hardware company at its heart. Privacy and anti-virus programs are not a central part of its mission. Intel has been buying software operations with products that it claims "take advantage of silicon." It'll be interesting to see how it bridges the hardware-software divide, which still very much exists from a marketing and manufacturing standpoint.


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