Intel launches second generation Core vPro processor

Intel says new chip will increase the speed of business applications by 60%

Intel has launched its second generation vPro i5 processor, which it claims will increase the speed of business applications by 60% and data encryption by 300%.

Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo, are introducing new laptop, convertible-tablet, desktop and all-in-one PCs for businesses based on the new Intel Core vPro processors, it said.

"This kind of performance equates to enormous promise for the PC as the hub for the varied combination of tablets, smart phones, netbooks and operating systems filling our pockets and briefcases," said Rick Echevarria, vice-president of the Intel Architecture Group.

The vPro i5 will include Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which will increase processor speeds beyond their rated frequency by analysing temperature and power consumption, when a workload requires extra performance.

The company has also introduced its anti-theft technology Ver. 3.0 on all its second generation Intel Core and Core vPro processors, to provide stronger defence against the problem of laptop theft and data loss.

Previous versions of this technology enabled authorised IT personnel to send a coded "poison pill" over the internet to disable a lost or stolen computer. The new version enables the poison pill to be sent as via an SMS message over a 3G cellular network, said the company.

In addition, the new processor will enable visual and 3D graphics capabilities previously only available with separate graphics cards.

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