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Intel processor touts 60GHz wireless docking technology

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiDi? Wireless Docking Technology? 5th Gen cPro?

Intel unveiled its new Pro Wireless Display and 60GHz Wireless Docking technology that enables tablets, laptops, detachable 2-in-1s and any other x86-based form factor to cut all cords.

Keyboards, large-screen displays, printers, network connections, mice, USB accessories and everything else that once required a wire is now obsolete when using Intel's 5th gen vPro core processors, according to Intel's Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager of the Business Client Platform Division within the PC Client Group. HP and Fujitsu already have models available for sale, 12 worldwide OEMs have committed to 5th gen vPro and the top six OEMs have demonstrated their offerings in New York City and London.

"5th generation vPro processors are cutting the last cords to the computers using them," Garrison told EE Times. "Plus the computers using 5th gen core processors will boost performance by 2-1/2 times, have three times the battery life and can be 1/2 as thinfrom ruggedised tablets to detachable 2-in-1s to ultrabooks and clamshells."

5th Gen vPro

Intel is cutting all cords to computers based on its 5th Gen vPro with built in Wireless Display (WiDi) and 60GHz Wireless Docking capabilities. (Source: Intel)

The main additions to the 5th gen core processors is the integration of new on-chip capabilities to drive wireless displays and 60GHz docking stations, which Garrison claims will multiply employee productivity with automatic connection to the nearest large-screen displays in the meeting room and to keyboards, printers, mice and displays in the office cubicle. Besides the dozen OEMs already committed to use 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors, more announcements are expected next month.

"Intel's new 'no wires workplace' will increase employee efficiency by moving designs into the physical world more quickly, increasing productivity," Garrison told us. "Meetings can start instantly with anyone in the room being able to display their content on the big screen at the head of the table. Likewise when they return to their office, their tablet, detachable 2-in-1s, ultrabook or other 5th gen vPro based device will automatically connect to their big keyboard and display."

5th Gen vPro with Wireless Display

Intel's new 5th Gen vPro with Wireless Display (WiDi) and 60GHz Wireless Docking is available in Dells Venue 11 Pro. (Source: Dell)

Original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as ActionTec, are already manufacturing Pro WiDi adapters that connect to projectors, large-screen displays, printers, docking stations and anything else in the office that used to require a wired connection.

"And our software guarantees privacy and security when switching between devices equipped with Pro WiDi adapters," Garrison told us. "When you walk into your cubical, by the time you sit down in your chair, your device will be wirelessly docked to your big keyboard and display."

Garrison predicts the 100 million vPro users already out there can reap billion-dollar productivity gains, just by switching to a 5th gen core processor with built-in WiDi and 60GHz Wireless Docks, no matter what brand or form-factor their computer takes. And all the built-in security and remote manageability of vPro will remain including a few new improvements that reduce network congestion and further mitigate security vulnerabilities.

(Above) Intel's new vPro with Wireless Display (WiDi) and Wireless Docking (WiGig) is demonstrated in action.

- R. Colin Johnson
??EE Times

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