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Intel Debuts vPro Chips To Meet Workplace Mobility, Wireless Demands

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Employees can get more done at work when they're sitting behind the right type of hardware and they can get even more work done when they aren't tethered to a workstation.

Both scenarios, claims chipmaker Intel, are what is driving the increase in high-end PC sales and it hopes to capitalize on the trend by pushing out more wireless components.

Intel says there are approximately 100 million vPro processors installed in businesses and the chipmaker has seen double-digit growth in the sector from 2013 to 2014.

Such growth is the reason Intel is launching new chips, the Intel Core vPro processors. The 14- and 15-nanometer processors support Intel's Pro Wireless Display and Wireless Docking that lets PCs and displays wirelessly transmit data with enterprise-grade levels of security.

Intel is aiming to help speed productivity in today's workplaces by encouraging work to take place wherever it can done the most effectively, says Tom Garrison, VP and general manager of Intel's Business Client Platforms.

"With new devices based on fifth-generation Intel Core vPro processors, we aim to transform the user experience by helping them compute from virtually anywhere without the clutter and burden of wires," says Garrison.

Intel's Pro Wireless Display technology was developed to free conference rooms of wires without compromising security. In a typical use case, an employee can meet teammates in a conference room and seamlessly "throw" her presentation from her laptop to the room's display.

The wireless display technology uses smart channel selection, as does the wireless docking protocol, so that displays are reached via optimal pathways.

The wireless docking protocol can connect a mobile device or a 2-in-1 to a workstation the moment a user is in range. A user can place his mobile device down at his desk and then began using his station's keyboard and desktop monitor to continue working on whatever project he'd been tweaking on his commute into the office.

"There is a long history of technology-led, workplace transformation," said Genevieve Bell, VP and Intel Fellow. "Innovations in form factors, design, and infrastructure has shifted not only the way we work, but the kind of things we can do at work."

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