By Stephanie Hallford
The emerging workplace is more mobile than ever and rapidly evolving as office walls disintegrate. In fact, 70% of people globally work remotely at least once a week1. From the road warrior to the heavy data-crunching office worker, the PC, as the primary tool for getting work done, has to adapt to their diverse needs.
Information technology (IT) managers face critical decisions to ensure their organizations’ IT health and employee satisfaction. From data security to deploying the latest Windows 10* version, IT managers face internal and external challenges to keep their technology fleet up to date. Add to that their need to manage a heterogeneous device environment and there are many issues to potentially hinder end-user productivity.
To help combat these challenges, Intel is driving PC platforms built for business. These help deliver the connectivity, built-in security features and performance — even when unplugged — that mobile workers require.
Introducing 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors
Today, we are announcing new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro mobile processors2, based on Intel’s Whiskey Lake architecture.
Intel is helping to usher in a new era of WLAN connectivity for workers on the go. Intel vPro clients configured with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) solutions will be some of the first available in the marketplace to enable faster Wi-Fi 63 connections. This allows people to not only work from anywhere, but enjoy a premium experience – with best-in-class performance for the most demanding mobile applications like video conferencing, real-time collaboration and content-sharing.
With this launch, Intel brings its new Intel® Hardware Shield technology, which delivers out-of-the-box protection to help defend against firmware attacks. Intel Hardware Shield helps ensure your OS runs on legitimate hardware and provides hardware to software security visibility, enabling the OS to enforce a more complete security policy. Importantly, no additional IT infrastructure is required.
Now with the availability of 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile devices for businesses, there is no trade-off of performance even when unplugged. Compared to a 3-year-old PC, the latest 8th Gen Intel Core vPro i7-8665U processor delivers up to 65% faster overall performance4 and up to 11 hours5 of battery life. These advancements allow employees to leave the charger behind and stay productive throughout their work day.
New Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with solid-state storage enables two times faster6 launch of documents, spreadsheets and presentations while transferring large files – and that’s compared to the same system with a traditional SSD alone. This minimizes the frustration of waiting for apps to load while multitasking. Intel Optane memory H10 delivers the responsiveness to work efficiently and spend less time waiting.
We are excited to be working with OEMs like Dell*, HP*, Lenovo*, Panasonic* and other industry leaders to bring new sleek and beautiful corporate designs to market. PCs built on the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors will be rolling out over the next several months.
Why building a platform matters for businesses
The Intel vPro platform is our foundation for business computing. It offers best-in-class performance to drive employee productivity, built-in security technologies to help protect businesses, remote manageability to help lower operational costs and better stability to help decrease computing disruptions. With each new processor generation, Intel builds upon the Intel vPro platform to deliver:
- Business end-user experience – Increased satisfaction and productivity with enhanced system responsiveness and extended battery life.
- Hardware enhanced security features – Built-in Intel Hardware Shield for a more trusted foundation for computing.
- Modern manageability – Allows IT to manage devices remotely and more securely, driving down cost and complexity.
- Platform stability – With the Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP), delivering a consistent platform by minimizing platform component updates to help maximize device uptime. Rigorous testing is done by Intel and our OEM partners, which helps yield better quality, reliability and compatibility of system components for our customers.
The Intel vPro platform is built for business. As an established leader in business PC computing, Intel is committed to solving complex customer pain points in an ever-changing work environment.
Stephanie Hallford is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of Business Client Platforms at Intel Corporation.
Performance results are based on testing as March 21, 2019 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product or component can be absolutely secure.
Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit intel.com/benchmarks
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1 IWG Study, “70% of people globally work remotely at least once a week” May 30, 2018.
2 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ i7-8665U processors and Intel® Core™ vPro™ i5-8365U processors
3 Intel® Wi-Fi 6 claims are based on the comparison (39%) of the expected maximum theoretical data rates for dual spatial stream 802.11ax 80Mhz (1201 Mbps) vs. dual spatial stream 802.11ac 80Mhz (867 Mbps) Wi-Fi solutions as documented in IEEE 802.11ax draft 2.0 spec and IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.
4 Up to 65% better overall system performance with an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U vs. 3 YO PC as measured by SYSmark* 2018 Overall on an Intel Reference Platform with: Intel® Core™ i7-8665U Processor, PL1= 15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.8GHz, Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: 512GB Intel 760p SSD, OS: Microsoft Windows* 10 RS5 Build Version 1809 (Build 1763v1), BIOS: x177, MCU: A8 VS. OEM system with Intel® Core™ i7-6600U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.9GHz, Intel HD Graphics 620, Display: 14” screen with 1920×1080 resolution, Memory: 8GB DDR4, Storage: 256GB SSD, Battery size: 36 WHr, OS: Microsoft Windows* 10 Pro RS5 Build Version 1809 (Build 1763v292), BIOS: v1.0.1, MCU: C2
5 Up to 11 hours battery life for a productive work day with an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U Processor as measured by MobileMark 2018 workload on Pre-production OEM system with Intel® Core™ i7-8665U Processor, PL1= 15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.8GHz, Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620, Display: 14” screen with 1920×1080 resolution, Memory: 16GB, Storage: Hynix 256GB, Battery size: 52 WHr, OS: Windows 10 Pro, BIOS: v.1.0.1, MCU: AA Display brightness is set to 150 nits on DC power. System’s wireless network adapter is turned on and associated to a wireless network that is not connected to the internet.
6 Up to 2X faster launch of documents, spreadsheets and presentation while transferring large files with an 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U with an 512GB Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with solid state storage vs. SSD alone as measured by Microsoft* Word*, Excel and PowerPoint launch workloads. Intel® Core™ i7-8665U Processor, PL1= 15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.8GHz, Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: 512GB Intel 760p SSD, OS: Microsoft Windows* 10 RS5 Build Version 1809 (Build 1763v1), BIOS: x177, MCU: A8 VS. Intel® Core™ i7-8665U Processor, PL1= 15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.8GHz, Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics 620, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: 512GB Intel® Optane™ memory H10 with solid state storage, OS: Microsoft Windows* 10 RS5 Build Version 1809 (Build 1763v1), BIOS: x177, MCU: A8
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