Intel unveil Core vPro processor family

Intel Corporation
today unveiled its 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family to meet
the needs of businesses of all sizes for PCs with greater, more flexible
performance, theft prevention and cost savings in a rapidly changing
business computing environment. These and several other capabilities are
at the heart of many new Intel-based business laptop and desktop
computers beginning to roll out from computer manufacturers worldwide.

The Intel Core vPro processors arrive as business
computing evolves with the emergence of video, Internet telephony,
social networking and other heavyweight applications – in many cases
running at the same time – making a computer’s performance an even
bigger priority.

"Businesses, particularly those that haven’t purchased PCs for
several years, face a computing environment that no longer handles the
applications many workers and IT are adopting," said Rick Echevarria,
vice president, Intel Architecture Group, and general manager, Business
Client Platform Division. "The integration of intelligent performance
along with smart security and cost-saving manageability features in the
Intel Core vPro processor family provide IT and SMBs a no-compromise
platform. We also are excited about how Intel vPro Technology gives IT
the flexibility to look at client virtualization, consumerization and
rich cloud applications."

The platform based on the 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family
includes the new Intel Q57 Express chipset, and new Intel
82577LM Gigabit Network Connection for notebooks and Intel 82578DM Network Connection for desktop PCs.

Computer manufacturers worldwide, including Acer, ASUS, Dell,
HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, are rolling out business PCs based on the
2010 Intel Core vPro processor family. In addition, developers of
software solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and
enterprises such as Aternity, Bomgar, Kaseya, LANDesk, Level
Platforms, LogMeIn, Microsoft, N-Able, RealVNC, Spiceworks,
Symantec and WinZip will support the new features in their upcoming
products. IT service providers, including AT&T Tech Support 360 and
PlumChoice, plan to adopt Intel Core vPro Technology capabilities into
their SMB offerings.

Thinking Fast

The processors are based on Intel’s award-winning "Nehalem"
microarchitecture and manufactured on Intel’s groundbreaking new 32-nanometer process. Intel has integrated
high-definition graphics in its processors for the first time, and
incorporated Intel’s second-generation high-k metal gate transistors
that help increase computing speed and battery life.

The 2010 Intel Core i7 processors and Core i5 processors feature
Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for adaptive,
"smarter" computing. Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically adjusts
the speed of the processor when it senses a workload change – faster
when the user, for example, is multitasking or watching a video, and
slower, more energy-efficiently when the worker goes for coffee and only
background applications are running.

Contributing to the industry-leading speed and energy efficiency of
the processors, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology interconnects multiple
processor cores with multiple "threads" that enable faster processing of
instructions in parallel.

Using standard benchmarks, a notebook with the 2010 Intel Core i5
vPro processor can run business productivity applications up to 80
percent faster, multiple applications up to twice
as fast, and protect confidential data up to 3.5
times quicker compared to a 3-year-old
mainstream notebook.

Outsmarting Evil Doers

Intel Anti-Theft Technology, available with Intel vPro Technology
frustrates thieves by locking access to a PC if a central server or
built-in intelligence concludes it is lost or stolen. New Intel Anti-Theft
Technology version 2.0 (Intel AT 2.0) enables encryption solutions
to disable access to cryptographic keys through hardware to completely
block access to data, and also makes it simpler to reactivate a PC once
in rightful hands. Also, a custom message can be displayed in a pre-OS
screen of the disabled PC for anyone who tries to access the computer.
Many computer makers plan to support Intel AT 2.0, such as Fujitsu, HP,
Lenovo and Panasonic, and such security companies as Absolute
Software, PGP, Phoenix and WinMagic.

Thinking Straight on Management

The new Intel Keyboard-Video-Mouse Remote Control (KVM Remote Control),
features available with dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro processors
work in conjunction with Intel integrated graphics, bringing a stop to
IT administrators’ frustration with having to ask users, "What do you
see?" Instead, they will see users’ displays just as the users do and
have full control of the PC, even if the operating system is
inoperative. Previously, KVM functionality required appliances that cost
as much as $200 and more per PC.

As encryption becomes more prevalent in business PCs, Intel has added
features that avoid productivity slowdowns. First, Intel incorporated new
instructions for the Advanced Encryption Standard into the hardware,
speeding up encryption and decryption.
Second, new Intel Remote Encryption Management enables distant IT
personnel to manage PCs with encrypted hard drives by more securely
unlocking those drives, making all of the Intel vPro Technology
capabilities available.

Another new feature, PC Alarm Clock, can wake a PC from off at a
predetermined time to perform maintenance, security and other tasks on
its own.

Boost for Small-, Medium-sized Businesses …

Today, Channel OEMs and system builders, including ASI, Equus and
Seneca Databegan introducing notebooks for SMBs based on the 2010 Intel
Core processor family and other Intel building blocks. The
full-featured line of notebooks, supported by an Intel enablement
program called "Spring Peak," are being developed by original design
manufacturers such as Gigabyte and Pegatron, and sold through Intel
channel distribution. The Spring Peak platform offers distinctive
design, docking station, 15.6-inch LED LCD performance notebook and
supports Intel Anti-Theft Technology.

… and Enterprises

Intel launched a workstation platform based on the new Intel Core i5
processor and the Intel 3450 chipset. The platform creates an
innovative category of entry-level workstations that delivers
workstation efficiency, power and reliability at near-traditional
business PC prices. The platform is aimed at SMB and enterprise users
who run such applications as digital-media creation or entry-level
computer-aided design. The platform takes advantage of new Intel HD
graphics and has been certified on applications from ADOBE, Autodesk and
others. Workstations based on the platform are being introduced by
Intel channel providers, including Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC.

For wireless performance that complements the speed of the new Intel
Core i5 and Core i7 processors, Intel unveiled the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 and Intel Centrino
Advanced-N 6200 802.11n WLAN adapters. The adapters offer advanced
802.11n multi-stream capabilities, dual-band support,
consistent coverage and higher speeds (up to 450 Mbps for the 6300 and
300 Mbps for the 6200). Intel also introduced the Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 adapter,
which offers up to 20-Mbps WiMAX
and advanced 802.11abgn (up to 300 Mbps) WiFi for maximum versatile
coverage. All three adapters support Intel vPro Technology.


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