Intel INTC recently signed an agreement to purchase Smart Edge platform business from Canada-based Pivot Technology Solutions for $27 million in cash. The latest deal adds momentum to the chipmaker’s push into the emerging edge computing and 5G networking infrastructure market.
Notably, Smart Edge offers communications service providers and enterprises with a secure and scalable cloud-based multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform.
This will enable customers to facilitate cloud-like services nearer to user whether across network edge on-premise. This in turn reduces customer’s total cost of ownership and boosts operational efficiencies.
Details of the Acquisition
Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors can be integrated with Smart Edge software. The chipmaker aims to enable Smart Edge platform support to Intel FPGAs, Intel Optane memory and other accelerators, going ahead.
Further, Smart Edge’s software complements Intel’s open-source based OpenNESS (Open Network Edge Services Software) toolkit. Notably, Intel’s OpenNESS project aids developers in designing innovative applications to explore edge computing and 5G use cases.
The acquisition is also expected to enhance the chipmaker’s strength in providing robust edge inference SoCs.
Additionally, both Pivot and Intel inked a three-year Preferred Partner Agreement. Per the deal, Pivot will sell Smart Edge solutions and be a non-exclusive preferred channel partner and system integrator for the same.
Per Pivot Technologies, the buyout is slated to conclude by fourth quarter of 2019 subject to customary closing conditions. Post the closure, around 25 employees working with Smart Edge will be a part of Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG).
Strengthening Edge Computing Domain Holds Promise
Edge computing technology involves processing data closer to the edge of a user’s network, wherein the data is generated and not across a centralized warehouse for data-processing.
Notably, accelerated deployment of 5G facilitates edge computing and is expected to be a tailwind for Intel’s growing focus on enhancing edge computing vertical.
Intel Corporation Price and Consensus
Intel Corporation price-consensus-chart | Intel Corporation Quote
Per company’s estimates, “5G will create $10 trillion in economic output by 2035” backed by secular growth in data, connected devices and growing clout of cloud-computing, and edge-computing applications.
The chipmaker estimates silicon addressable market for “computing in the network and at the edge” to hit $65 billion by 2023.
Further, per Gartner, 65% of infrastructure service providers worldwide are anticipated to earn 55% of revenues via edge-related services by 2021.
We believe Intel’s push into the emerging 5G infrastructure and edge computing market favors the company’s prospects in the longer haul.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Intel carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Alteryx AYX, Synopsys SNPS and Keysight Technologies KEYS, each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Alteryx, Synopsys and Keysight is currently pegged at 17.62%, 12% and 10%, respectively.
Free: Zacks’ Single Best Stock Set to Double
Today you are invited to download our just-released Special Report that reveals 5 stocks with the most potential to gain +100% or more in 2020. From those 5, Zacks Director of Research, Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all.
This pioneering tech ticker had soared to all-time highs and then subsided to a price that is irresistible. Now a pending acquisition could super-charge the company’s drive past competitors in the development of true Artificial Intelligence. The earlier you get in to this stock, the greater your potential gain.
Download Free Report Now >>
Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report
Synopsys, Inc. (SNPS) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Keysight Technologies Inc. (KEYS) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Intel Corporation (INTC) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Alteryx, Inc. (AYX) : Free Stock Analysis Report
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
Zacks Investment Research