Today’s business climate demands that organizations make smarter technology investments. This applies to all elements of a great computing experience, inclusive of the PC as a primary entry point to the cloud. Considering the productivity gains, the cost of maintaining old technology, and the advances in endpoint security, PC refresh is not a luxury, but a necessity.
For nearly two decades, the Intel vPro platform has defined capabilities beyond the processor, with a comprehensive platform specification incorporating a wide array of capabilities that deliver the manageability, security features, system performance, and stability that organizations need.1 Now featuring 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, the latest PCs that meet Intel vPro® design requirements can deliver personal productivity with business continuity.
13th Gen Intel® Core™ processors are the next step in performance hybrid architecture, with a new P-core design resulting in better application performance as compared to Intel’s first hybrid processors.2 The number of P-cores on a given processor varies depending on the specific offering across Intel’s mobile and desktop processor portfolio.
On new desktop processors, Intel is increasing the number of E-cores across Intel Core i5/i7/i9 Processor offerings, enabling higher computing capacity for more complex workloads on commercial desktops and entry workstations.
Two critical automation technologies help deliver real-world performance on 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processors:
- Intel® Thread Director assigns the right task to the right core at the right time, based on optimal runtime guidance provided to the operating system3.
- Intel® Dynamic Tuning Technology throttles clock frequencies for P-cores and E-cores, based on operating conditions and system design parameters.
These technologies enable optimal performance, energy efficiency, and a great user experience on the latest Intel vPro® platforms.
Beyond the Processor
Intel offers networking and I/O solutions that result in a more complete platform. 13th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processors and desktop chipsets both integrate Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+), which is ideal for dense environments and for optimizing wireless networks for cloud computing. The 6 GHz band supports additional and wider channels, generating more bandwidth for faster downloads, sharing and collaboration.4 Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) also allows desktop PCs to be placed in work areas regardless of whether a wired network drop is available.
In addition, the Intel® Connectivity Performance Suite enables users to optimize wireless performance based on traffic type, such as prioritizing video conferencing and collaboration applications while on a busy wireless network.5
Mobile users may also adopt Intel® Thunderbolt™ 4 docking solutions to connect peripherals to the PC via a single cable for a more elegant workspace. Modern Thunderbolt™ docks may even support out-of-band management for Intel vPro notebooks. Finally, Intel vPro mobile and desktop platforms continue to support the 1 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet standards for wired connectivity.
The Intel vPro platform keeps businesses running with a suite of manageability, stability, and security technologies. The latest version of Intel vPro delivers incremental capabilities for life cycle management, more industry-enabled protection technologies, and a greater ability to minimize computing disruptions, as compared to all previous versions of the platform.
Comprehensive Platform Security
Intel vPro® Enterprise and Intel vPro® Essentials platforms support Intel® Hardware Shield, a suite of security technologies to help protect the entire computing stack. Above the OS technologies help protect the platform by intercepting threats in concert with antivirus software or by blocking memory safety attacks, while below the OS technologies help protect critical operations such as system management mode (SMM), boot code, and firmware.
Because large enterprises often deploy a zero-trust model, Intel vPro Enterprise on 13th Gen supports additional features. With the Windows 11 2022 release, IT technicians may choose to encrypt selected virtualized operations executing in memory. The latest Intel vPro Enterprise platform also supports kernel protections for Windows virtualization-based security, pending enabling in a future OS release.
The capabilities of Intel Hardware Shield are designed to either meet or exceed Microsoft Secured-core PC requirements, including an integrated TPM, dynamic root of trust, and OS reporting of SMM protections.
Full Life Cycle Management
Intel manageability technologies, both in-band and out-of-band, help businesses deploy, maintain, and retire Windows devices within their computing fleets.
New with 13th Gen, Intel® Platform Service Record provides tamper-resistant ledgers in enabled Intel vPro PCs. The ledgers collect system wear and tear data useful for making device reliability assessments, refresh decisions, or calculating residual value for a given system.
From deployment to retirement, Intel vPro enables end-to-end sustainability with efficient methods for proactive and reactive maintenance of Windows PCs, all supported by the Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant console. Fully featured Intel vPro Enterprise platforms also support out-of-band system recovery and sanitization.
The Intel® Stable IT Platform Program supports seamless transitions to the latest Intel vPro Enterprise systems. The program helps businesses minimize computing disruptions over a five-quarter deployment window and provides a validated platform for both the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems.
Intel vPro platforms also support firmware update recovery for BIOS and the Intel® Management Engine, facilitating firmware updates, if necessary, over the PC life cycle.
The table on the next page provides a listing of the 13th Gen Intel vPro platform features reviewed in this section.
A Computing Foundation
With increased remote collaboration, multitasking, plus user and IT apps competing for computing resources, the Intel vPro platform is vital for keeping organizations running and workers productive. The latest version of the Intel vPro platform provides major productivity, connectivity, and security benefits when compared with 3-year-old PCs. As businesses consider future investments, PC refresh to 13th Gen Intel Core processors can help defend versus the latest computing threats, deploy optimal hardware for Windows 11, and address computing needs for a wide variety of workers across businesses of all sizes.
|Mobile Processors Eligible for Intel vPro Brands|
|Intel vPro® Enterprise|
|Intel vPro® Essentials|
|Intel vPro® Enterprise for Chrome|
|Desktop Processors Eligible for Intel vPro Brands|
|Intel vPro Enterprise and Intel vPro Essentials||Intel vPro Enterprise|
|S-Series (35 W)||S-Series (65 W)||S-Series K SKUs (125 W)|
13th Gen Intel vPro Platform Features
|Intel Hardware Shield6||A suite of security technologies that helps protect Windows PCs in 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 Technology6||Provides dynamic root of trust for Windows or other system software.|
|Intel® System Security Report6||Communicates low-level security configuration to the Windows operating system.|
|Intel® System Resources Defense6||Configurable System Management Mode (SMM) protections required for Microsoft Secured-core PC compliance.|
|Intel® VT-rp7||Hardware-enhanced Windows kernel protection (pending expected enabling).|
|Intel® Total Memory Encryption-Multi Key (Intel® TME-MK)8||Key 0: Encrypts DRAM to help protect against a physical cold boot attack; Keys 1-15 can encrypt sections of DRAM as directed by the OS.|
|Intel® Platform Trust Technology||Integrated Trusted Platform Module within Intel SOCs, supporting TPM 2.0 Windows requirement.|
|Intel® Boot Guard||Supports cryptographically-verified boot as recommended by Windows security practices.|
|Intel® BIOS Guard||Helps protect firmware residing in non-volatile memory in PCs.|
|Intel® Threat Detection Technology||Provides a hardware assist for Windows security applications such as anti-virus software.|
|Intel® Control Flow Enforcement Technology||Hardware-enhanced protection against Windows memory safety attacks, such as malicious code insertion into applications executing in PC memory.|
|Intel® Active Management Technology7||PC remote out-of-band management with keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) control for efficient system maintenance over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and supporting Thunderbolt™ docks.|
|Intel® Standard Manageability||DASH compliant PC 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 Recovery7||Fast remote recovery of a disabled computing endpoint, using either the Windows Recovery Environment, an image stored locally, or an image stored on the corporate network.|
|Intel® Remote Platform Erase7||Method for re-purposing PCs by erasing the disk, clearing the TPM, resetting the Intel® CSME, and resetting UEFI/BIOS.|
|Intel® Platform Service Record6||A set of tamper-resistant ledgers that capture PC wear and tear info such as cumulative operation time and power cycle data, to help inform reliability assessments, refresh decisions, and residual value calculations.|
|Intel® Stable IT Platform Program8||Platform validation that aims for zero hardware changes for 15 months from first availability or until the next generational release.|