More on Intel: Security software firm acquired

|About: Intel Corporation (INTC)|By:, SA News Editor

Intel (INTC) has bought Sensory Networks, a developer of pattern-matching software for security hardware, for $20M.

Sensory's software runs on both Intel/AMD (x86) CPUs and rival architectures. Its core product, a matching engine called HyperScan, addresses antivirus, intrusion prevention, and deep packet inspection applications, among others; corporate interest in cybersecurity has been picking up this year.

Many security hardware vendors use either custom ASICs or processors from Intel rivals such as Cavium (CAVM). Sensory's software gives Intel another product to bundle.with its CPU offerings for this market. It might also be integrated with the security hardware offered by Intel's Stonesoft unit (acquired in May).

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