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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (

TheStreet

) -- Security specialist

McAfee

(MFE)

is about to give investors a glimpse into its long-term strategy as part of chip giant

Intel

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, said CEO Dave DeWalt.

"We have got a pretty big announcement next week at

the RSA

security show that is related to

Intel

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," he told

TheStreet

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. "

And there will be a silicon-related announcement in the spring -- you will start to see a rolling thunder of announcements related to Intel."

McAfee's CEO, Dave DeWalt

Chipmaker

Intel shocked many tech sector observers

when it spent $7.7 billion on security software maker McAfee last year, taking the tech bellwether into a completely new market.

The deal, which is expected to close by the end of this quarter, is likely to bolster Intel's presence in the mobile space, enabling the company to build additional security into smartphones and other devices. This capability could be crucial when Intel unveils its

Medfield

smartphone chip later this year.

McAfee also gives Intel a toehold into the network security market, and could help continue the firm's recent

enterprise momentum

.

Up to this point, Intel and McAfee have kept their joint product plans under wraps, although DeWalt was somewhat forthcoming on McAfee's recent performance.

The software firm

reported record fourth-quarter revenue

on Tuesday before market open, although earnings were impacted by foreign exchange and pre-merger costs, specifically the hiring of new employees.

DeWalt told

TheStreet

that McAfee went on a hiring spree during the fourth quarter, bringing 146 employees on board ahead of the Intel merger. "Our goal is to prepare ourselves for an even bigger growth opportunity in 2010 than 2011," he said.

The McAfee CEO also took a swipe at rival

Symantec

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, which recently cited the Intel/McAfee deal as an

opportunity to gain market share

.

"Consumer

business was very solid for the company -- we have been taking market share from our competitors," he said, adding that enterprise spending is also strong. "We had a record number of large deals over a million dollars."

McAfee shares closed up 2 cents at $47.92 on Tuesday, while Intel shares closed down 6 cents, or 0.25%, at $21.64.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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