Intel Buys McAfee for $7,680,000,000

Intel this morning released a statement announcing its acquisition of software security company McAfee at a cost of $48 per share, or $7.68 billion. McAfee, which last year brought in more than $2 billion in revenue, has more than 6,000 employees and will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary, reporting into Intel’s Software and Services Group. Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a statement that the company now ranks security among its top three priorities, along with connectivity and energy-efficient performace.

"With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

"In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences. "

Renée James, Intel senior vice president and general manager of Software and Services, said the acquisition will lead to breakthroughs in the security market.

"Hardware-enhanced security will lead to breakthroughs in effectively countering the increasingly sophisticated threats of today and tomorrow," said James.

"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."

"McAfee is the next step in this strategy, and the right security partner for us," she added. "Our current work together has impressive prospects, and we look forward to introducing a product from our strategic partnership next year," he added.

Both boards of directors approved the acquisition, which will be complete once it is approved by McAfee shareholders, and the various different regulatory bodies that have to give these kinds of deals the once over.

Check out the full press release here.

  • Nightsilver
    Well, here's hoping they intend to improve on it. Otherwise I can't understand why they would invest SO MUCH into such TERRIBLE software.
  • sliem
    Dangggggggg what are they going to do with mcafee? put it down to sleep I hope?
  • jonpaul37
    Yesterday would have been a nice day to buy the Stock In intel... for the short run anyway...
  • kydan
    They need to buy AMD imo
  • extremepcs
    So now Intel CPU's will crash when McCrappy releases a botched update? I might need to switch teams and go with AMD...
  • ares1214
    kydanThey need to buy AMD imo
    No offense, but that is the dumbest thing ive heard in quite some time. AMD is their competition, if they buy them up, theres no more competition, and intel is the only cpu manufacturer, AKA, MONOPOLY. Then the can charge whatever they want for anything.
  • jacobdrj
    My dad did I think... He was as perplexed as I was... Why? Their AVS is HORRIBLE. It finds nothing. It fixes NOTHING. MSE>AVAST>>>Kapersky=NOD32>>Norton>>>McAffee...
    And the 1st 2 are free!
  • JeanLuc
    If Intel were going to buy someone I would have had money they would have bought Nvidia and as the first line says 'didn't see that one coming'.
  • ecnovaec
    I repair computers for a living... and unless Intel knows something about mcafee that i don't, this is a HUGE mistake. I have NEVER seen a pc with mcafee that wasn't loaded with viruses. ever.
  • McAfee- I wouldn't give a dollar for their cr*p. Guess they did well dumping their turd on Microsoft.