Intel is boosting its security-conscious virtualization technology -- vPro -- for mainstream Core processors into the fourth generation at last week's Intel Developer Forum.
Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, said in his IDF keynote:
Today we are announcing that our fourth-generation Core is on track, from the commitments I made earlier in the year, around vPro Ultrabooks and vPro 2-in-1s. We're now almost two times faster, have 13 times better media performance, we can wake up and work eight times faster than the average notebook, and we're more than 50 percent thinner and 50 percent lighter than what most people are carrying around in businesses today.
Intel's vPro technology uses on-chip hardware to allow centralized control of entire fleets of computers by allowing the software image and device security to be remotely managed, from provisioning applications with its active management technology (AMT) to securing them with its trusted execution technology (TXT). And for embedded systems, Intel's intelligent systems framework (ISF) allows the same remote management and security features to be extended to the growing Internet of Things (IoT).
In his keynote, Skaugen claimed that Intel already had 70 design wins to appear in 2014 for fourth generation Core processors using vPro in tablets, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, laptops, all-in-ones, and desktop PCs, many of which also take advantage of its wireless display technology, its new downsized solid state drives (SSDs), its secure no-password virtual private network (VPN) log-in, and its new location-based services capabilities.
Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, in his keynote at Intel Developer Forum.
"Now we'll have 2-in-1s for consumers and 2-in-1s for business," said Skaugen in his keynote:
In addition, we are integrating location-based services into the technology. If you are walking into a new building you can do things like ask where's the closest printer, it can tell which conference rooms are occupied, so you can find an empty conference room, and it can even do document protection, so you can get access to confidential documents, but when you walk out of the building it can restrict access to those confidential documents.
Skaugen also promised that vPro will get a boost in 2014 from Intel's 14-nanometer Broadwell microarchitecture, which will not only improve performance, but extend battery life for mobile devices using vPro.