Chip maker Intel is planning to add anti-virus features directly into its mobile and smartphone chips to counter the threat of mobile malware and cyber attacks, the company has revealed.
Intel's announcement comes two weeks after the company closed the $7.7 billion acquisition of security software maker McAfee.
Speaking to Wall Street analysts in a conference call, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the software and services group, Renee James, said that the company plans to use McAfee's technology to embed security tools directly into its mobile hardware.
According to Intel, it wants to embed security measures into hardware, which will allow mobile devices to work alongside cloud based systems in real-time, to offer protection against malware and cyber attacks.
The company says that its security enabled mobile hardware will be able to detect and block malware, authenticate users, verify IP addresses and websites.
During the conference call, Intel's Renee James was joined by McAfee president Dave DeWalt, who said, “Malware is blowing off the charts. I’ve never seen anything like it. And on top of this, the number of devices is exploding.”
The executives said that by pooling their technologies together, they will be able to provide sophisticated security measures to laptops, smartphones, tablets, printers, televisions, and cars.