McAfee buy moves Intel toward IBM model
August 20, 2010 // Dylan McGrath
Intel Corp.'s proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security software vendor McAfee Inc. moves the No. 1 chip vendor further down a diversification path that could eventually see the company relying less on chip sales and more on software and consulting services, according to a Wall Street analyst.
"If Intel does pursue this business strategy, we could expect to see a host of other acquisitions that build scale for Intel's software and services division," Berger said.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said Thursday it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee for $48 per share in cash, a 60 percent premium over McAfee's closing price of $29.93 Wednesday. Both companies' board of directors unanimously approved the deal, Intel said.
Berger drew parallels between the proposed McAfee deal and Intel's 2009 acquisition of embedded software vendor Wind River Systems Inc. At the time, Berger and other analysts speculated that Intel would continue pursue added software exposure as a way to embed more value and IP into its chips.
Intel said it has made a series of recent software acquisitions "to pursue a deliberate strategy focused on leading companies in their industry delivering software that takes advantage of silicon." The company said it would integrate McAfee technology into its chips to enhance security. Providing security in an increasingly online world "requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services," the company added.
"Hardware-enhanced security will lead to breakthroughs in effectively countering the increasingly sophisticated threats of today and tomorrow," said Rene James, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the company's Software and Services Group. "This acquisition is consistent with our software and services strategy to deliver an outstanding computing experience in fast-growing business areas, especially around the move to wireless mobility."All news
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