Intel Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, for $884 million. Wind River Systems is known for cutting edge software for a number of different markets including, automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer, industrial, mobile devices and network equipment.
After Intel acquires Wind River Systems the company will be able to grow with its embedded software with its processors to help gain the advantage in the market with mobile devices and reach further outside of the desktop and server market.
Now that Intel has entered the software market, putting up a fight with embedded chips, Intel becomes a danger to IBM, AMD, Microsoft and Apple. IBM already provides consumers with software, hardware, chips and other services worldwide can now see Intel becoming a threat, much like its competitor AMD which has only recently acquired ATI, entering the market at more than just chips.
Microsoft and Apple will also see Intel as a threat from Wind River Systems already popular consumer base, providing software solutions to aerospace navigation systems; landing system; and autopilot, cell phone network solutions, and Linux.