Modern business workflows require elegant hardware that excels at both data consumption and creation. The Intel® Q670 Chipset can keep up with 12th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with ultra-fast connectivity to both wired and wireless networks. New for this generation, the Intel® Q670 Chipset integrates the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard. When combined with the Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (Gig+) RF component, business desktops are primed for the next wave of wireless networking, with the flexibility to be physically placed anywhere in a business environment regardless of whether a wired network drop is available. For traditional wired connectivity, the Intel® Q670 Chipset also supports the Intel® Ethernet Connection with both 1 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps options. For fast connectivity to local devices, desktops with a discrete Intel Thunderbolt™ controller provide up to 40 Gbps bandwidth over a USB Type-C port that is also USB 4.0 compliant.
In addition, the chipset amplifies throughput and responsiveness with support for PCIe 4.0 (maximum of 16 Giga-Transfers per Second), additional USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 ports (20 Gbps), SATA 3.2 (6 Gbps per port) and all I/O communications between the Intel® Q670 Chipset and the processor flow through an upgraded 8-lane Direct Media Interface (DMI 4.0). Other features such as Intel® High Definition Audio and an Integrated Sensor Hub (ISH) complete the business computing experience.
The Intel® Q670 Chipset supports two types of out-of-band manageability, giving IT professionals options based on the level of remote control desired for proactive and reactive maintenance of computing endpoints. Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM) provides a set of tools compliant with the DASH standard to remotely power-on desktops, program wake up times for maintenance, re-image systems using USB Redirection, and various other capabilities. New for this generation, ISM is upgraded with the ability to manage systems over Wi-Fi and with support for client initiated remote access (CIRA). CIRA enables endpoints to be managed over the cloud with a console based on the Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant.
The Intel® Q670 Chipset also supports Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), a superset of ISM that uniquely features out-of-band remote keyboard-video-mouse (KVM), which allows IT technicians to remotely control a computing endpoint as if they were sitting right in front of the device. Remote KVM control also applies to UEFI menus, which means a technician can remotely trigger or re-configure any capability programmed into the BIOS. This includes a new feature called Intel® One-Click Recovery. When implemented by the device manufacturer, Intel® One-Click Recovery can remediate a disabled system by re-installing a last known good image as defined by the OEM, by the IT technician, or even by the Windows Recovery Environment.
Platform Security Features
As with prior platforms, the Intel® Q670 Chipset incorporates the Intel® Converged Security and Management Engine (Intel® CSME). The Intel® CSME is responsible for executing the Intel® Standard Manageability and Intel® AMT use cases, as well as security capabilities integral to a Windows business PC. The crypto engine in the Intel CSME is FIPS 140/2 Level 2 compliant, thus raising the security posture for features such as Intel® Boot Guard and Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT). Intel® Boot Guard provides cryptographically verified boot to ensure the system only boots trusted software. Intel® PTT provides an integrated Trusted Platform Module compatible with the TPM 2.0 standard. TPM 2.0 is required for a variety of services within the Windows operating system. On business desktops, the Intel® CSME requires the corporate version of the Intel® Management Engine Firmware, which is also validated with the rest of the Intel® Hardware Shield suite of security technologies, making the Intel® Q670 Chipset integral to desktops based on the Intel vPro® platform.