Businesses today are demanding more from their technology than ever before. With remote work now commonplace, users need a computing experience that empowers productivity wherever they may be. Furthermore, technology decision makers require platforms that facilitate these new workplace trends and that can also be deployed and maintained with confidence. The Intel vPro® platform with 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors meets these technology demands and offers a wide array of computing options to empower businesses of all sizes.
New Intel vPro® Platform Portfolio
New for 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel is expanding the platform portfolio as follows.
- Intel vPro® Enterprise for Windows is the full-featured commercial platform focused on large enterprises and managed businesses. It features a comprehensive set of technologies to help businesses stay ahead of security threats. In addition, Intel vPro Enterprise for Windows offers complete modern management capabilities and platform stability suited for businesses with formal PC purchase practices.
- Intel vPro® Essentials extends security and device management capabilities previously targeting large enterprise to the small and medium business segment. These businesses also need to protect devices, applications, and data, so Intel vPro Essentials also incorporates Intel® Hardware Shield to help protect platforms based on the Windows operating system. In addition, Intel vPro Essentials supports partner-ready device management with Intel® Standard Manageability.
- Intel vPro® Enterprise for Chrome creates a new class of Chromebooks for business environments with the performance, stability, and security technologies that businesses require. This new platform further enables decision makers to match the right device to the right user.
- Finally, Intel vPro®, An Evo™ Design devices meet both the Intel vPro and Intel Evo design criteria, identifying notebooks that bring compelling user experiences to mobile business environments.
Leading Business Productivity
12th Gen Intel Core processors feature a new architecture consisting of performance cores and efficient cores that excel at both single-threaded and multithreaded software environments.1 This architecture empowers users to be more productive and enjoy higher performance from their PC, especially for multitasking and collaboration. Performance is optimized in real time by Intel® Thread Director, which works with the operating system to assign the right task to the right core at the right time.2 This level of sophistication enables business PCs to execute demanding workloads, inclusive of user applications and IT software.
In addition, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processor family addresses the computing needs of nearly every type of worker, with an extensive portfolio of mobile and desktop processors with varying core counts and power offerings. Specific processors in Intel’s portfolio are eligible for the various versions of Intel vPro.
The performance of 12th Gen Intel Core processors is further enhanced with support for DDR5 and LPDDR5 memory. Intel vPro Enterprise entry workstations also support ECC memory with the corresponding Intel chipset.
Intel offers networking and I/O solutions that result in a more complete platform. 12th Gen Intel Core processors integrate Intel® Wi-Fi 6E Gig+ and mobile platforms also feature the new Intel® Connectivity Performance Suite, which optimizes wireless performance for popular use cases such as video conferencing.3 Mobile users may also adopt Thunderbolt™ 4 docking solutions to connect peripherals to the PC via a single cable for a more elegant workspace. Intel vPro continues to support traditional wired connectivity for the 1 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet standards.
Comprehensive Platform Security
Intel vPro features a comprehensive set of security technologies to help protect the full computing stack including hardware, firmware, the operating system, and applications.
For Windows PCs, Intel® Hardware Shield continues to meet or exceed Microsoft Secured-core PC requirements. On both Intel vPro Essentials and Intel vPro Enterprise platforms, Intel Hardware Shield supports dynamic root of trust, OS reporting, and an expanded set of policies for protecting system management mode (SMM) operations.
Intel® Control Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel® CET), available on mobile beginning with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, comes to desktop processors for the first time with the 12th Gen Intel vPro platform. Intel CET helps protect against malicious code insertion into applications executing in PC memory.
Also new for 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel® Threat Detection Technology (Intel® TDT) is upgraded with anomalous behavior detection, making anti-virus software enabled for Intel TDT more effective at intercepting threats.
Finally, with Intel® Total Memory Encryption - Multi-Key (Intel® TME-MK) and Intel® Virtualization Technology with Redirect Protection (Intel® VT-rp), Intel vPro Enterprise platforms offer new hardware support for OS virtualization, pending enabling in an expected future OS release.
Systems built on the new Intel vPro Enterprise for Chrome platform feature Intel TME-MK to help protect against a physical attack on the device, as well as Intel® Key Locker to help protect encryption keys. These capabilities combined with other platform requirements raise the bar for Chromebooks as businesses consider mobile productivity devices.
Modern Device Management
Workplace trends are driving demand for remote device management. Intel® Standard Manageability is now available on Intel vPro Essentials mobile and desktop devices with support for remote out-of-band management over Wi-Fi, as well as out-of-band management for Windows PCs whether inside or outside the corporate firewall.
Intel vPro Enterprise continues to support a superset of capabilities with Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). Intel AMT adds keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) remote control of devices, as well as new life cycle management features for device sanitization and recovery on select OEM PCs.
Intel device management capabilities are supported by the Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant (Intel® EMA) console and any third-party management software that integrates Intel EMA.
Driving Business Continuity
Both Intel vPro Enterprise for Windows and Intel vPro Enterprise for Chrome support the Intel® Stable IT Platform Program (Intel® SIPP), which aims for zero changes to the platform over a five-quarter device deployment window. Intel SIPP covers key Intel hardware and software in the platform, and the program includes enterprise-class platform validation for the supported operating systems. Intel SIPP enables corporations to minimize computing disruptions, simplify device qualification, and employ scheduled device purchase and deployment practices.
For Windows devices, both Intel vPro Essentials and Intel vPro Enterprise support reliable updates with automated restart and recovery of a failed firmware update. This capability spans both UEFI/BIOS and the Intel® Management Engine firmware, and it facilitates conducting firmware updates over the life cycle of a Windows PC.
Built for All Businesses
Intel vPro delivers professional-grade performance with a comprehensive set of capabilities to help protect and manage devices. Now with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel vPro delivers a complete platform portfolio with computing solutions for nearly every type of worker at any business of any size. With increased remote collaboration, multitasking, plus user and IT apps competing for computing resources, Intel vPro is vital for enabling worker productivity and maintaining business continuity.
For more information, please visit www.intel.com/vpro.
|Intel vPro® Enterprise for Windows Eligible Processors|
12th Gen Intel vPro® Features at a Glance
|Intel® Hardware Shield4||A suite of security technologies that helps protect Windows PCs in the Intel vPro® Essentials and Intel vPro® Enterprise platforms.|
|Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT-x / VT-d)||Accelerates hypervisor and virtual machine switching for OS security services.|
|Intel® Trusted Execution Technology4||Provides dynamic root of trust for Windows or other system software.|
|Intel® System Security Report4||Communicates low-level security configuration to the Windows operating system.|
|Intel® System Resources Defense4||Configurable System Management Mode (SMM) protections required for Microsoft Secured-core PC compliance.|
|Intel® VT-rp5||Hardware-enhanced protection for OS virtualization (pending expected enabling).|
|Intel® Total Memory Encryption-Multi-Key (Intel® TME-MK)6||Key 0: Encrypts DRAM to help protect against a physical cold boot attack; Keys 1-15 can encrypt sections of DRAM as directed by OS (pending expected enabling).|
|Intel® Platform Trust Technology||Integrated Trusted Platform Module within Intel SOCs, supporting TPM 2.0.|
|Intel® Boot Guard||Supports cryptographically-verified boot as recommended by Windows best security practices.|
|Intel® BIOS Guard||Helps protect firmware residing in non-volatile memory.|
|Intel® Threat Detection Technology||Provides a hardware assist for security applications, such as anti-virus software.|
|Intel® Control Flow Enforcement Technology||Hardware-enhanced protection against memory safety attacks, such as malicious code insertion into applications executing in PC memory.|
|Intel® Stable IT Platform Program6||Platform validation that aims for zero hardware changes for 15 months from first availability or until the next generational release.|
|Intel® Active Management Technology5||Remote out-of-band management for efficient proactive and reactive system maintenance over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and supporting Thunderbolt™ 4 docks. Supports Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) remote control.|
|Intel® Standard Manageability||DASH standard-based out-of-band management over Ethernet and Wi-Fi with cloud manageability support for devices outside corporate firewalls. Does not support Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) remote control.|
|Intel® One Click Recovery5||Fast remote recovery of a disabled computing endpoint.|
|Intel® Remote Platform Erase5||Method for repurposing computer systems by erasing the disk, cleaning the TPM, resetting the Intel® Converged Security Management Engine (Intel® CSME), and resetting UEFI/BIOS.|
|Intel® Key Locker7||Used in select Chrome devices to help protect keys used by AES-NI encryption.|