The chip designer is reportedly in talks to spend about $80 million on Israel-based Sansa Security, which would help it compete in the growing market for connected devices.
Silicon Valley is pouring more money into Internet security companies than ever before.
Intel has a goal to drive growth and career development for women and minorities in order to achieve "full representation" at every level by 2020.
The chipmaker plans to use MediaTek Ventures to build up an ecosystem of startups around its products and services.
The media giant's focus on fledgling startups comes as US companies increasingly play the role of venture capitalists.
The UK-based chip designer's Mbed operating system is among several efforts, including the work of standards groups and a new wireless protocol, designed to speed the adoption of the Internet of Things.
The combination continues the consolidation in the chips business, as firms bulk up to better supply components to more connected gadgets.
Google's experimental hardware division talks smart textiles, and controlling them just by the touch of your hand.
This very clever PC-in-a-keyboard plugs into almost any screen, and it's vying for attention at CES Asia in Shanghai.
You'll have to wait a little longer, though, for the full details on things like pricing and licensing.