Intel’s new core vPro processor to enhance wire-free computing

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Genevieve Bell, corporate vice president, director of Intel Labs’ User Experience Research and Intel Fellow

To meet the needs of a more mobile and dynamic workforce, Intel has launched its fifth-generation Core vpro technology to business PCs alongside components of its “wire-free” vision of computing to provide cutting-edge features to enable a new and rapidly shifting workplace.

With the new processors, businesses are set to adopt a wire free technology that will enhance manageability, security and productivity.

The processor is said to be adopted by 12 PC makers and the devices will come Intel’s Pro Wireless Display (Pro WiDi, for short) and Intel Wireless Docking. Both technologies will require external hardware, but they also promise to help eliminate cables needed for wired connectivity.

Intel Pro Wireless Display (Intel Pro WiDi) makes every presentation and conference room a cable-free zone. While delivering enhanced usability for business users with flexible presenter controls and privacy, it also supports key IT requirements such as wireless channel management to mitigate network congestion risk and security vulnerabilities, and the ability to efficiently update and manage adapters remotely.

Intel Wireless Docking allows users to be connected and ready to work the moment they walk up to their desk. This secure and manageable, wire-free technology based on Intel Wireless Gigabit technology enables systems to automatically dock to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories and eliminates the need for traditional mechanical docks.

“Our goal is to enable all users to simply work better by offsetting the growing challenges of today’s businesses,” said Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Business Client Platforms. “With new devices based on 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors, we aim to transform the user experience by helping them compute from virtually anywhere without the clutter and burden of wires.”

New 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, ultrathin clamshells and mini PCs based on 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors are available now from 12 leading PC manufacturers with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

“The most important technology advancements are often discovered in the midst of changing business practices, and those intersections enable the scope and pace of those transformational changes,” said Genevieve Bell, corporate vice president, director of Intel Labs’ User Experience Research and Intel Fellow. “Technology directly impacts the way people interact with their devices at every level.”

In addition to device innovation and workplace productivity improvements, 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors will provide hardware-enhanced security and manageability capabilities. When paired with the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 2500 Series, IT departments can implement built-in data encryption capabilities, while users enjoy protection so smart, they’ll never feel the difference. Intel Identity Protection helps to simplify authentication and helps ensure the right people have access to the right information at the right time.

As workplace needs become increasingly mobile, it’s even more critical for IT to be able to keep devices healthy and protected while not impacting user productivity. Remote management over wired and wireless networks and across all device types is made possible with Intel Active Management Technology, even if the operating system is down or the device is powered off.

The 5th generation Intel Core vPro processor family enables workplace transformations that can result in hundreds of billions of dollars of productivity enhancements to businesses of all sizes. By removing the wires, delivering outstanding performance and battery life, and choosing the optimized form factor to meet the needs of each employee across the spectrum of innovative designs, Intel is delivering a truly optimized business platform that will change the way work is done.

Earlier this month, on January 5th, Intel also unveiled its 5th Generation Core product range (Broadwell-U), which aims to boost processing and graphics power as well as provide up to 90 minutes of extra battery life compared to the 4th generation (Haswell).

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