Intel is rolling out the Core vPro i5 and i7, which offer greater performance, security and management capabilities than previous processors.
is rolling out its newest business PC processors, the Core vPro, that combine
the chip maker's "Sandy Bridge"
architecture with the latest generation of its on-board management and security
unveiled the 2nd
Generation Core vPro i5 and i7 processors March 17,
with Rick Echevarria, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and
general manager of Intel's Business Client Platform Division, saying the capabilities
in vPro 2.0
will enable PCs with the processors to act in a hub role,
providing the link for such devices as smartphones and tablets.
strategy comes as sales of smartphones and tablets skyrocket, and increasingly
are becoming tools used in the enterprise. In addition, some research firms,
like Gartner, are predicting that tablet sales will cut
into the PC business
. However, others, including
, are grouping tablets with PCs when considering its computer
such capabilities is increasingly important in a rapidly changing IT field,
which is having to deal with such trends as cloud computing and virtualization,
greater mobility and the ongoing consumerization of corporate IT, Echevarria
said during a Webcast.
line between personal and professional [computing] is blurring," he said.
officials said Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Fujitsu are among the PC
makers expected to introduce systems powered by the new Core vPro chips.
stops in several regions in North America last month, Intel officials gave
journalists and analysts a look at some of the key new features in vPro 2.0,
including Intel Anti-Theft Technology 3.0. With the previous version, IT
administrators could send a coded "poison pill" to a stolen or lost laptop via
a WiFi network to prevent access to encrypted data. With the newest version,
that code can be sent over a 3G network to a laptop moments after it's turned
on. Another message can reactivate the PC once it's found.
also is the Locator Beacon capability, which enables IT pros and authorities to
find a missing laptop using GPS technology on certain 3G modems. In addition,
another feature helps protect data on PCs that go missing while in the standby
state, so that when the system is awakened, it can require an encryption login.
the management side, the new Host-Based Configuration capability automates the
process of setting up vPro functions on new computers, with thousands of
systems being able to be configured within minutes. In addition, the
Keyboard-Video-Mouse Remote Control lets remote technicians see a worker's
screen presentation in higher resolutions.
also is enhancing Turbo Boost, which can increase processor speed based on
demand, temperature and power consumption.
vPro technology not only will be on business- and consumer-level PCs, but Intel
will be putting it into the upcoming Xeon E3-1200 family to bring the
capabilities to entry-level workstations.
officials touted the performance improvements with the new vPro 2.0 features.
Comparing a new Core vPro i5 with a 3-year-old Core 2 Duo, the newer chip
offers speed improvements of 60 percent for business applications, 100 percent
in multitasking and 300 percent for data encryption.
kind performance equates to enormous promise for the PC, for example, as the
'hub' for the varied combination of tablets, smart phones, netbooks and
operating systems filling our pockets and briefcases," Echevarria said in
a statement. "The new Core vPro processor family has the capacity to
offload tasks or even better share them to get the most from companion devices.
With such performance, the PC could be a service provider, coordinating
encryption, virus scanning, near transparent syncs and remote control."
the Webcast, he also talked about the close working relationship Intel has with
Microsoft, and noted the importance of the vPro features for businesses
migrating to Windows 7. Windows 7, which supports the vPro features, represents
a strong business for Intel going forward. Echevarria said that while 90
percent of businesses surveyed said they expect to migrate to Windows 7, only
20 percent of PCs in the United States and Europe have been migrated to the
many global enterprises, the migration of Windows 7 is still a work in
progress," he said.