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Did Intel Just Signal That PCs Are Passe?

Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 5:40 PM ET

Wall Street watchers are dissecting Intel’s latest acquisition and what it could signal for tech, going forward.

As you may know, Intel inked a deal to acquire the wireless communications unit of Germany-based Infineon Technologies for $1.4 billion in cash.

Wall Street watchers believe that deal is largely at attempt to get into Apple’s latest iPhone - (Infineon’s radio chip is used by the iPhone 4.)

However it may also be an attempt to gain exposure to the iPad – a gadget that seems to have struck an instant chord with gadget geeks and non-geeks a like.

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Combine that with the fact that Intel warned revenue could fall short of its own estimates due to weaker-than-expected demand for personal computers and we may have a trend on our hands.

Is the PC becoming passé; to be replaced by the iPad and other tablets?

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Intel’s acquisition acknowledges that something is wrong with their business model, speculates Joe Terranova. They want (less) exposure to the PC consumer. They’re transitioning their model.

I agree that we’re looking at a paradigm change in the space, adds Brian Kelly. People may shift from more expensive PCs to less expensive tablets because they no longer have to store their info on a hard drive. Soon, they’ll be able to do it in the clouds.

* Fast Money executive producer John Melloy wrote about this trend in depth. Click here to go to Intel Gets Into Apple's iPhone, for cheap.



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