7th Gen Intel Core vPro Processors: New Levels of Performance, Security and Manageability for Business

The start of a new year always brings the excitement of new possibilities and it’s clear we continue to see this with technology. The pace of innovation continues to be both rapid and disruptive as digital innovation is sparking new business models and opportunities for organizations of all sizes.

Our mission is to empower IT to effectively embrace the pace of the innovation providing new solutions that help solve problems while also opening up new opportunities to be more competitive.  90% of business computers today* are powered by Intel and we remain steadfast in our commitment to drive new innovation for our customers.  As part of this, today we unveiled our 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor. It is our best-in-class platform for business that arms IT pros with the most advanced set of capabilities across the areas they care about – security, productivity, and manageability.

Identity protection for the digital age

With our 7th Gen Core vPro processor, our focus is to deliver customers the solutions they need to fight against identity and data breaches. We have a unique approach building these capabilities in the hardware, which reduces exposure to software-level attacks, where the majority of threats happen today.

I’m excited to announce the general availability of Intel® Authenticate on 7th Gen Core vPro platforms (also available on 6th Gen Core vPro systems). It’s the industry’s first hardware enhanced multifactor authentication solution that makes logins a million more times harder to crack without sacrificing the user experience.*

Since we announced the preview last year, we’ve been working with our partners to advance the solution to ensure enterprises have superior identity protection at the hardware layer while giving IT pros the flexibility they need to set policies based on their needs. Today an IT administrator is typically limited to two authentication factors. With Intel Authenticate, we’re delivering more choice to enterprises so IT can set the right levels of authentication factors that makes sense to their business. This gives IT a higher level of identity protection while delivering a better user experience.

A great example of the progress we’ve made is the work we are doing with Intercede to integrate their MyID® credential lifecycle management solution with Intel Authenticate. This enables customers to replace complicated passwords with a simple PIN while increasing security through a hardware protected digital identity.

With Intel Authenticate, we’ve set out to help solve identity breaches in the most aggressive way possible for enterprises. Our new co-development strategy with Microsoft will help us achieve this by integrating Windows Hello with Intel Authenticate. We will work together with Microsoft to deliver one solution across hardware and software that will provide one of the highest levels of protection for enterprises while also offering a natural authentication experience based on the innovation in Windows Hello. Users will have a seamless, integrated and natural experience that works across both “running OS” and “pre-boot” scenarios, and IT will have the ability to choose as many authentication factors as they see fit.

Rob Lefferts, the director of Windows Enterprise and Security said: “Project Evo [Microsoft and Intel’s collaboration on the next gen PC experience] represents a new era of collaboration with Intel and their 7th gen Core vPro processors provide us with the platform that we need to protect the most sensitive types of information. We’re excited to integrate Windows Hello with Intel’s new Authenticate technology which will enable us to hardware isolate and better protect user identities from even the most advanced types of attacks.”

We are equally excited because together we will solve cyber threats in a way that wasn’t possible before.

Today, upgrading to Windows 10 and 7th Gen Core vPro processor-based devices will put enterprises on the best path to safeguard identities, drive down costs while future-proofing their business. In fact, one of our partners Basha Pillay, CTO of Dimension Data said: “Intel Authenticate and Windows 10 has the potential to reduce calls by over 60% at one of our largest outsourced contracts.”

Building on our security strategy to protect enterprises

As we look at the security landscape, the challenges are vast. Data leaks also continue to be a problem yet to be solved, costing businesses billions of dollars in lost IP and brand equity.

Today, we are announcing Intel® Data Guard, a hardware-based IT-managed solution that provides encrypted file and folder protection at the point of creation and throughout its lifecycle.  It is transparent to the user and has sophisticated policy management capabilities for IT, offering IT the control they need while not impeding on the user’s convenience and productivity.

It’s available in preview and we’ll have more information to share soon on general availability as part of the 6th and 7th Gen Core vPro processor-based platforms.

Check out our video to see how Intel Data Guard works:

Arming the workforce with modern designs and premium productivity

One of the most exciting areas for me continues to be the level of innovation happening in the business space. The evolution of PC designs for businesses is unprecedented. It comes at no better time when millennials base their employment decisions on the ability to have access to the latest technology. We collaborated with our OEM partners to drive a wave of new 7th Gen Core vPro designs for businesses with a record number of more than 100 new business desktops and laptops available. These PCs represent elegance, performance and experiences that enable workers to get the most of their day.  Many come in the most innovative thin and light detachable and convertible 2 in 1 form factors, plus All-in-One and Mini-PC desktop form factors.

With 7th Gen Core vPro, we’re delivering workers up to 10 hours of battery life, so users can get the most out of their PC experience whether that is working in an office, coffee shop or airport. We’ve also increased the PC’s capability to do more with up to 50% increased productivity over a 5-year-old PC. This means workers can switch between apps effortlessly to truly get the most performance out of their device.

Increased manageability for today’s IT pro

7th Gen Core vPro processor technology gives IT managers the tools they need to effectively manage their PC fleet based on our Active Management Technology. As part of our Active Management Technology in Core vPro, today we introduced Intel Manageability Commander to easily discover, diagnose and manage Intel Core vPro PCs remotely.

This takes the hassle out of managing PCs while driving real cost savings. Partners like Accenture estimates that our Active Management Technology in Core vPro results in a 34% cost savings for IT.

Digital transformation starts today with 7th Gen Core vPro

The business world is moving fast and enterprises need the latest technology to embrace the digital workplace. A PC that is 5 years old is simply not equipped to do this nor does it get the next gen workforce excited about using the latest technology to do more.

Modern software with Windows 10 and hardware with 7th Gen Core vPro is a catalyst for digital transformation. I think our partner, John J. Minnick, senior director at Atos summarizes it best: “At Atos, we recognize that next-generation PCs running Microsoft Windows* 10 are the catalysts for achieving the digital workplace experience—the place where content, context and the user experience come together securely to drive productivity in a cloud-connected world.”

Learn more about our latest 7th Gen systems powered for business.


1Source: Internal studies by Mercury Research, Inc. – PC processors and chip sets, Updated version 1Q2016; and IDC – WW Quarterly PC Tracker, 2016Q2 Historical Release

 Full Statement:

“A multi-factor authentication system significantly increases security.  For example, 2-factor authentication can be created to be millions of times harder* to crack than a single 10-character password.”


*Assuming the first factor is a 10-character password in a 94 character alphabet using NIST SP 800.63-2 estimates for password guessing entropy, the password is an aggregate of characters selected at random from the alphabet, the second factor is a fingerprint, the third factor is a mobile phone,  the fingerprint and mobile phone factors have the same entropy as the password factor, a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment allows for the multiple factors to be aggregated, the factors are independent, not spoofable, operate in an isolated computation environment where each factor’s privacy is preserved, are unrelated to each other, and the system when protected by the multiple authentication factors requires that all factors be validated before access is granted to the protected resource.


As much as 50% BETTER PRODUCTIVITY than a 5-year-old PC.

  • As measured by the overall score of SYSmark* 2014, which is a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms. SYSmark tests three usage scenarios, including office productivity, media creation and data/financial analysis using real applications from independent software vendors such as Microsoft* and Adobe*.

Up to 65% FASTER MULTITASKING than a 5-year-old PC.

  • As measured by SEG562, which is an office productivity and multitasking workload using Word (save to PDF), Excel (recalc), PowerPoint (slide sort), and NXPowerLite Desktop (to shrink contents with office documents, kind of like compression), all while playing video in the background (simulating the watching of a business training or webcast).

Up to 10 HOURS of BATTERY LIFE for the whole work day.

  • As measured by Windows 10* EEMBC Browsing Bench Component Average Power.

EXECUTIVES: 90% of businesses run on computers powered by Intel

Source: Internal studies by Mercury Research, Inc. – PC processors and chip sets, Updated version 1Q2016; and IDC – WW Quarterly PC Tracker, 2016 Q2 Historical Release

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Tom Garrison

About Tom Garrison

Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager of Desktop, Commercial, & Channel (DCC). oversees the desktop, business client and channel platforms. Tom joined DCC after three years as the general manager of the Business Client Platforms group, where he had responsibility for Intel’s business client and vPro™ strategies across the breadth of Intel platforms. Tom joined Intel in 1994. Prior to his time in the Client Computing Group, Tom was the General Manager of the Datacenter Engineering Group. Prior to his role leading the Datacenter Engineering Group, Tom led the Datacenter Strategic Planning organization responsible for Intel's datacenter silicon and platform roadmaps across all datacenter market segments.