Intel announces mobile-centric eighth-gen Core vPro processors

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Intel has unveiled details of its new eighth-generation Intel Core vPro processors, designed to boost mobile workforce productivity through faster performance, long battery life and improved security features.

Based on the chip maker’s Whiskey Lake architecture, the new Core i7-8665U and Core i5-8365U processors both feature four cores and eight threads, 15W TDP, as well as DDR4-2400 and LPDDR3-2133 support.

In terms of frequency and cache size, the Core i7 model naturally boasts higher numbers, running from 1.9GHz to 4.8GHz with an 8MB L3 Cache. By comparison, the Core i5 variant offers frequencies of 1.6GHz to 4.1GHz, with a cache of 6MB.

With the Core i7-8665U vPro chip, Intel says users benefit from a performance boost of up to 65% when compared with a 3-year-old PC, as well as up to 11 hours of battery life when working on the move.

The silicon giant’s focus on mobility also brings support for Wi-Fi 6 to both chips, enabling faster wireless connectivity speeds and improved performances for tasks such as video conferencing, real-time collaboration and content sharing.

The new vPro offerings also arrive equipped with Intel’s Hardware Shield, which offers enhanced protection from firmware attacks, ensures that the OS runs on legitimate hardware and provides hardware to software security visibility for a more robust security policy.

Additionally, Intel Optane memory H10 with solid state storage speeds up multitasking wait times when compared to working with a traditional SSD alone.

“The Intel vPro platform is our foundation for business computing,” said Stephanie Hallford, VP of the Client Computing Group and general manager of Business Client Platforms at Intel.

“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.”

Intel added that it is currently working with OEMs such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and Panasonic to bring PCs built on the latest Core vPro mobile processors to market over the next several months.

Daniel Todd

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