Intel Launches Core vPro Processor which Promises Wirefree Computing
Cordless desktop computers might soon be a common sight in homes across the world. Apple’s iMac is in the same league but Apple computers are very high priced, effectively putting them out of reach of the average individual. Many other companies are working towards reducing wires. One of them is Intel. Incidently, the iMac runs on an Intel processor.
It seems Intel might reach there first because it recently announced the launch of its fifth generation Core vPro processor which has features to reduce wire clutter. Other changes are improved performance, better graphics and a longer battery life.
The general manager of Business Client Platforms at Intel, Tom Garrison said that the ultimate aim of the company is to help customers compute from anywhere they want, without being harangued by wires. The Core vPro processor is just the first step towards making this a reality. Intel has already announced that it planning to release a wire-clutter free personal computer next year.
Bottlenecks to developing wireless PCs
Creating tangle free and wireless computers has been the dream of many PC makers. Until now, the need to connect peripheral devices like display and keyboards as well power connections did not allow it. However, there have been many advances in recent years such as wireless charging and WiGig technology (sustains short distance wireless connections).
In wireless charging, you can charge a smartphone or a tablet by putting it on a table or elsewhere. The technology is based on magnetic resonance. Using the technology to charge a desktop PC or a laptop is more difficult but Intel is working on it. The difficult part is wireless technology for carrying data and display signals. This is where WiGig comes in.
Intel might use WiGig technology to enable wireless data and display signals
In WiGig technology, you can connect a display to a desktop and even mice and keyboards without wires. Eventually, this technology will replace DisplayPort and HDMI ports. So we are assuming that when Intel’s wireless PC finally comes out, it will contain these features.
There are rumours that the new wireless desktop computer will be more interactive. We are talking about 3D cameras with depth sensing features. These cameras can analyse images more deeply, track depth and even calculate the distance between nearby objects.
Back to the Core vPro series of processors. These were actually developed for work PCs. Compared to Intel’s other chips, the Core vPro has stronger security features and can be accessed remotely, even after the PC is turned off.
The question we are left with is, will Intel modify this processor and use it to make wireless personal computers? Maybe. It is also possible that Intel is working on another processor for the same. Only time will tell.