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.
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.