vPro spreads to Core i3, i5, i7 processors


— 5:03 PM on February 4, 2010

Good news, IT admins. Intel has announced a new vPro platform, this time bringing its suite of management and monitoring technologies to systems based on Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors.

The wording of the announcement is a tad confusing, since Intel talks about vPro "processors." As far as we can tell, though, the company is simply referring to its existing Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs. Taking advantage of the 2010 vPro platform's features involves using an Intel Q57 Express chipset as well as certain Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or WiMax network controllers, depending on whether you're looking at a desktop or a notebook.

On the desktop side of things, the Q57 Express looks to use a Direct Memory Interface to talk to the CPU, so we're guessing it only supports LGA1156 and LGA1155 processors, a.k.a. Lynnfield and Clarkdale. On the laptop front, all mobile Core i3, i5, and i7 processors fit in the same socket, so even top-of-the-line CPUs shouldn't be off-limits.

Intel says Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba are all cooking up business systems featuring the new vPro hardware and Core CPUs.

vPro in action. Source: Intel.

The 2010 vPro platform includes an updated version of Intel's Anti-Theft Technology; support for remote keyboard, video, and mouse control; a new set of Advanced Encryption Standard instructions, which are implemented at the hardware level; and more. Intel provides some more details on the vPro Technology subsite.

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