Intel pushes business benefits of 4th generation ultrabooks

Given lacklustre PC sales, Intel is keen to push the merits of new ultrabooks as good for business.

The company hopes the latest, fourth generation of these devices will drive new ways of working and encourage businesses to upgrade.

Rob Sheppard, business product manager at Intel said: “User experience drivers open up new ways of working.” 

The Intel architecture offers ultrabooks, tablets or laptops to fit in with how the user needs to work.

Devices like the Toshiba Portege Z930, Fujitsu Lifebook U772 EliteBook, HP Folio 9470m, Dell Latitude E6430U XPS 12, Panasonic Toughbook CF AX2 and Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 Touch are business computers, he added.

Sheppard said this new generation of ultrabooks have been designed to last three years or more. They include a trusted platform module (TPM) for security and run business operating systems. These devices include a solid state drive (SSD). While the lifespan of an SSD is not yet fully understood, Intel said it has tested running SSDs for five years reading and writing 5GB of data per day.

The fourth generation of ultrabooks also offers easy serviceability, according to Sheppard, allowing PC support engineers get access to disk drives and memory very quickly.

He said Intel's vPro technology combines processor, a chipset, firmware and network connectivity for out of band remote management.

Recognising that mobile users can, and will, be targeted by thieves, the fourth generation of ultrabooks includes built-in disk encryption. However, this is easily over-ridden, since encryption does not work when the machine is in standby mode. So users need to change their behaviour to shutdown the machines properly in order to secure the data.

The Intel architecture includes six additional processor instructions to improve the performance of encryption. In addition, security products like Absolute Software SecureDisable, use Intel’s antitheft technology to kill laptops remotely.

In this video, Sheppard shows how an administrator can lock a laptop remotely using SecureDisable.

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