EU May Slow Down Intel/McAfee Acquisition

Anti-Trust regulators in Europe have expressed concern over Intel’s purchase of McAfee.  I hope this doesn’t slow down Intel’s intentions to cook security features directly into their chipsets

Regulators are looking closely at Intel’s planned McAfee acquisition and may hold up the deal with an investigation, asking rival security-software companies about concerns over the possibility of Intel providing special access to some chip features, enabling McAfee products to run more effectively than competitors’ products.  The Wall Street Journal reports that these concerns could lengthen the study of the deal.

Intel announced the $7.68 billion buyout in August, expecting it to wrap-up in the first Q of 2011.  That timeframe may be extended out to Q2.  The EU has until January 12 to issue a judgment on the acquisition, or extend the review.