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Revised vPro gains new "Bearlake" Q35 Express chipset and features

Intel today updated its vPro business desktop platform for the first time since its introduction last September with the new Weybridge platform. The revised vPro includes a new Bearlake family chipset – the Q35 Express. Intel touts enhanced security against hacking and viruses with the updated vPro.

Intel’s new vPro platform features Trusted Execution Technology, or TXT. Intel TXT provides enhanced data protection in virtualized environments. Intel pairs the new TXT technology with an updated virtualization technology – Intel Virtualization Technology, or VT, with Directed I/O. The updated Intel VT provides hardware-based memory isolation to prevent virtualized environments from causing problems with other environments.

"Today, the business desktop PC just got more secure," said Robert B. Crooke, vice president and general manager of Intel's Business Client Group. "This generation of Intel vPro processor technology arrives with new security and management capabilities along with support from every leading PC manufacturer and software solution vendor in the world."

Weybridge also features update to Intel’s Active Management Technology, or AMT. The new Intel AMT 3.0 technology allows system administrators to remote manage a desktop without being in an operating system.  

The new Q35 Express supports Intel Core 2 Duo and Pentium D processors with front-side bus speeds up to 1333 MHz. Intel pairs the Q35 Express chipset with DDR2 800 memory support. DDR3 memory is unsupported on Q35 Express, unlike the consumer P35 and G33 Express variants.

Intel packs the Q35 Express with Graphics Media Accelerator, or GMA, 3100 integrated graphics. The GMA 3100 features support for DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 2.0. The graphics core is also compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Vista Aeroglass.

Expect manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo and others to ship Weybridge-based vPro systems.




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