Intel bought itself a place at the telecommmunications table last week with the acquisition of Dialogic, a US developer of computer telephony software and network interfaces.
Intel's enterprise server group chief, John Miner, said the $780 million (£485 million) deal would act as a springboard for growth opportunities, by exposing the chip giant to new technologies, markets and customers.
Intel already has a networking division, which the chip giant has been building up for the past few years.
Dialogic components are currently sold under OEM agreement to a string of vendors including Alcatel, Lucent, NEC and Nortel.
"(The acquisition) will provide a base foundation of telecoms expertise from which both Intel and Dialogic can more rapidly grow, and become a bigger participant in the large telecoms equipment industry," Miner said.
Once the acquisition is completed in September, Dialogic will operate as a subsidiary within Intel's server group, headed by Dialogic CEO Howard Bubb.
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