Certain specialized security software and services could be enabled through the hardware built inside chips, Intel's James said. That could provide another source of revenue for Intel, but there are still questions about whether people would pay for such hardware.
"We hope so," James said.
Most smartphones and tablets use ARM processors and multiple OSes such as Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Intel is still making its entry in this market, and ARM's dominance could be a barrier. James said that from a software perspective Intel will remain a multiplatform company. As a semiconductor maker, OS fragmentation is not an issue for the company as its x86 chips can run most mobile OSes, James said.
Intel earlier this year made another move to boost its security offerings by acquiring Nordic Edge, a Swedish security company known for its security management and threat intelligence products.
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