Other products covered by Perlmutter included the second-generation dual core processors for thin and light notebooks, forthcoming high-performance solid-state SATA drives for notebook and desktop use, and Intel Anti-Theft Technology (AT).
Intel AT, which will appear later this year in laptops from certain OEMs including Lenovo and Fujitsu Siemens, provides a mechanism for coping with lost or stolen PCs. Hardware in the computer can disable the PC completely or just prevent access to encrypted data.
Once "theft mode" kicks in, it can be deactivated by entering a predefined passphrase or a recovery token provided by an organisation's IT department or an external provider such as Absolute Software or Phoenix Technologies.
Other vendors and service providers will offer Intel AT starting in 2009.
Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.