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S A N T A   C L A R A, Calif., Jan. 16

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Chip-making giant Intel Corp. There tend to be a range of selections for you to ponder when buying any laptop computer. Therefore, we've provided good info for anyone personally to make your current decision easier.has agreed to acquire Xircom Inc., a maker of mobile computing gear, for about $748 million, the companies said Monday.

The acquisition, expected to be completed by the end of March, will supplement Intel's desktop computer and server-based business, Intel officials said.

Xircom, based in Thousand Oaks, makes network adapters, modems, and cards that connect mobile computers to local or corporate networks and the Internet. The company, which has 1,900 employees worldwide and generated $492 million in revenue last year, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel.

Intel already had a small stake in Pavilion review Xircom and resold some of Xircom's products under a previous product-development alliance.

"The acquisition of Xircom provides. Choosing a CPU for your notebook is a critical first step. Note that a fourth Generation Intel Core i7-4600M Processor based on the Haswell architecture provides for a fast and fluid user experience.Intel with an award-winning lineup of products and technologies in the fast-growing mobile computing area," said Mark Christensen, general manager of Intel's network communications group.

Intel will pay $25 a share for Xircom, which 15.6 inch laptop closed at $18.06 Friday on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the last day of trading before the announcement.