Intel Pushes Wireless Computing with Latest vPro Chips
He noted that there are consumer technologies that enable such wireless connections, but that Pro WiDi comes with greater manageability and security capabilities. Intel also introduced its Wireless Docking technology—based on the company's Wireless Gigabit technology—which enables PCs to automatically connect to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories. Workers no longer have to use mechanical docks to connect to the peripherals. "These employees are productive as soon as they sit down," Garrison said. Along with the wireless capabilities, Intel officials said the new vPro processors can be used in new mobile PCs that can offer up to twice the battery life and more than twice the performance of notebooks from four years ago. At the same time, the new form factors can be up to three times thinner and 50 percent lighter than those older laptops.The new wireless capabilities, improved performance and new form factors are important to Intel as its looks to drive sales in the PC market, which saw sharp declines in shipments worldwide after 2011 as consumers and business users turned their attention to tablets and smartphones. Analysts at IDC and Gartner said the PC market stabilized last year, due in part to new PC form factors, a slowdown in tablet sales, businesses refreshing their aging PCs and Microsoft ending support for Windows XP. Intel officials have argued that PC and component makers have done well driving new form factors that give customers the performance and mobility they're looking for, such as in ultraportable systems or two-in-ones, that can be used as either traditional PCs or tablets. Intel's financial numbers have improved as the PC market has stabilized, with officials saying earlier this month that the company PC Client Group's revenues grew 3 percent in the fourth quarter last year and 4 percent for all of 2014.
During the event in London, Garrison held up a new Dell Latitude notebook that is 19.4mm thin and weighs 2.76 pounds, and an HP Elite notebook that is 2.2 pounds.