McAfee's recent acquisitions are seen as being a good fit with Intel's visions of securing all Internet-connected devices -- the 5 billionth of which this month is expected to be plugged in, according to IMS Research. Those deals, and Intel's proposed buyout of McAfee, also would seem to fit with Intel's acquisition last summer of Wind River, a maker of embedded technologies used in mobile devices. Otellini says that the McAfee buyout supports Intel's contention that security, along with Internet connectivity and energy efficiency, are the three most important pillars of computing today.
IDG News Service contributed to this story.
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