There’s been lots of talk as to why Intel would make the purchase of McAfee. The prevailing thoughts are that Intel plans make a push into the security surrounding handsets, by placing the security alongside the host processor. But I know another place where security is key, and it’s an area in which Intel wants to make some hay—medical devices.
Security is a must in the medical space, for many reasons, including privacy issues. Simplifying the process of building secure medical devices puts Intel into a unique position, one where price is an important factor, but not necessarily the most important. Performance, availability, and security can all head the priority list at any given time, depending on the specific device that’s being designed.
So while it may not have been the primary target for Intel, it’s likely one place the company should be able to take advantage with its new acquisition.