Intel vPro platform gets a make-over

Intel Corporation has updated its 2010 Intel Core vPro platform to bring the technology's security and management features to Intel's latest Core i5 and Core i7 laptop and desktop processors.

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

Intel went platfrom bonkers with its Centrino notebook wizardry some time back. vPro is its attempt to bring the idea to the desktop, and business laptops, specifically those in big offices.

This fourth version of vPro includes new instructions to quicken hardware-based encryption and decryption and uses version 2.0 of Intel's anti-theft technology. It also boasts technology for analyzing and managing the performance of a remote PC.

"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, attempting to drum up a bit of business for those hanging on to the 3486SX systems. "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," he said.

Intel reckons a new Core i5 vPro processor can run business productivity applications up to 80 per cent faster, multiple applications up to twice as fast, and encrytpt confidential data up to three-and-a-half times quicker than an unidentified three-year-old notebook.

The platform also includes technology that enables IT staff to remotely manage PCs with encrypted hard drives.

The platform idea is Intel's pitch at value-add (greater margin) business buyers. OEMs so far signed up to offer the badge include Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Toshiba.