Intel to acquire McAfee, hardware assisted system crawl far behind?

by Rafael Hernandez on August 19, 2010 · 0 comments

Intel had been content with building all manner of microprocessors and flash storage chips to meet their customer’s needs but, oddly, being the largest PC processor manufacturer has seen it stay out of the software segment all together. They have a few tools they sell to developers but, for the most part, they mostly deal with other larger companies not the end user.

The company’s acquisition of McAfee means, at least in the short term, a working relationship with the consumer at least at face value. Jokes about system slowdowns will be made but this has some serious implications for a whole host of services.

Intel is in the processor business, there’s nothing else the company is interested in. Sure they’ve made some purchases of technology companies in the past but they’ve also sold off their fair share of divisions in order to focus on their core business.

The desktop PC is just about dead in terms of adoption rate so their future of pricey CPUs for the consumer may just be coming to an end as the mobile realm, netbooks/laptops/smartphones, accounts for the bulk of new chip adoption rates.

Of course that space is dominated by a whole host of chips that don’t demand massive price tags and are, increasingly, serviced by the “cloud” as local storage space is limited, especially on smartphones.

So the cloud it is…of course the company will have to work some chip magic for their server customers, some hardware features tossed into their processors would greatly speed up virus/trojan/malicious software floating around on the myriad of Cloud Computing services that are popping up faster than you can keep track.

Interestingly Cloud Computing makes heavy use of server processors, which the company just so happens to make, so a package of performance and security enhanced chips would be very enticing for any company wishing to enter the segment.

Of course that leaves AMD to come up with something to counter this move with, unless they were forward thinking enough with their upcoming Bulldozer architecture.

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