Intel today formally unveiled its sixth generation Core vPro processors, aimed at improving security for professionals who use laptops and desktop PCs for work.
The key feature added this time is Intel Authenticate, which promises to better protect users from increasingly common identity and credential attacks.
Built into the hardware, it lets you identify yourself with more than just a simple password through more secure multi-factor authentication.
Besides a password, you could be asked for a fingerprint, for example, before being granted access to a laptop. You could also be asked to connect to a familiar device, such as a phone, via a Bluetooth link.
The new Core vPro chips will likely be used in corporate devices, which require users to log on to a network to access files and e-mail, for example. Expect updated laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and others that feature the new processor.
Besides being more “hardened”, the new enterprise-grade chips also bring with them the performance and battery life improvements that consumer-grade sixth-gen Core chips have been offering for months now.