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8/20/2010 01:36 AM EDT
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phoenixdave
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phoenixdave   8/22/2010 12:52:30 AM
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@unknown multiplier, I couldn't agree with you more. With the large variety of components that will be accessing the internet, it makes more sense to handle the security issues at the server level. This would also help to prevent the spread of viruses through "unsecure" individual computers, smart phones, etc.

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mark.lapedus   8/21/2010 2:44:52 PM
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Intel is a hardware-based processor company. They are good at that. And they are excellent at manufacturing. And that's it. Intel has found a way to mess up in other markets. I say they don't understand software, including real time or security. Wall Street thinks the McAfee was a dumb move. I say it wasn't dumb. I just believe Intel can't manage an acquisition, based on past deals and a checkered track record.

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unknown multiplier   8/21/2010 5:00:10 AM
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As mentioned elsewhere, embedding software in hardware is only a one-time fix. In the lifetime of the hardware product, lots of new security risks will come up. You can only use software to deal with this, but instead of cluttering everybody's tablet or smartphone, more burden should be put at the cloud level (servers) to clean/screen documents which can be downloaded.

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Tech Supply SAC   8/21/2010 4:19:51 AM
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Yesterday I read the opinion that Intel could be in the same way that IBM initiated some years ago. And I would add, will not be that Intel sees the takeoff of the ARM brains and others in the smartphones sand, against who does not wish to compete? If so it would be lamentable, because all competition is advantageous for the end users.

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dblaza1   8/21/2010 12:13:48 AM
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When I first heard about Intel/McAfee I was baffled but after giving it some thought and rereading the story on Intel's purchase of Wind River http://bit.ly/bbf25U I think I see a pattern. Intel knows that in order to grow the business they must embrace software, the margins and market are huge and Moore's law is running out of steam. This isn't going to be easy though, Microsoft isn't going to capitulate. This is going to be fun to watch

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docdivakar   8/20/2010 9:22:21 PM
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Mark, I have to disagree with you here. While I am not going to say this is a brilliant strategy by Intel at this time, it does represent a smart move. Consider for a moment the fact that wired internet connections will be outnumbered by handhelds within the next couple of years, M2M nodes, smart phone and appliances, data security and services will figure very high on the list. At the keynote of Hot Interconnects (IEEE HOTI), it was mentioned that availability of real time data and services (for the likes of iPads, Kindles, video on demand, etc.) will far outpace the email traffic as early as Q4 2011. Given these trends, I think Intel's strategy is in the right place. What I would like to see next is information on what hardware solutions (for the mobile, handheld, smart devices, M2M nodes) will complement the software acquisition Intel just made... I hope that is forthcoming in the near future.

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mark.lapedus   8/20/2010 3:04:42 PM
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Over the years, Intel has tried but failed in these markets: ASICs, fault tolerant computers, supercomputers, comm ICs, wrist watches, motherboards, Intel-branded PCs, etc. Why will Intel win in embedded software?

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spingal   8/20/2010 9:45:57 AM
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Intel have a very low hit/miss ratio on hardware acquistion integration, they've really not been that successful. Can S/W and/or Services be a more successful model ?

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Dave.Dykstra   8/20/2010 6:51:04 AM
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Interesting. Considering the large number of devices using embedded software today and the anticipated far greater number (and percentage) in the near future, this could make a very interesting mix for them. It would appear to be a good move in order to help retain an already large market share in hardware that is becoming much more demanding for intelligent and secure embedded applications.

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mark.lapedus   8/20/2010 3:11:06 AM
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Does Intel really have a strategy or not? It doesn't seem so. They are in one market. Then they exit. And so on.

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