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Intel raises platforms

Intel has released two new platforms onto the market for home and office PCs. The new platforms, which combine hardware and software technologies, are designed to enable consumers to become more proficient in using their digital content. The technology also promises to enhance PC security, system management and collaboration capabilities.

Intel has released two new platforms onto the market for home and office PCs. The new platforms, which combine hardware and software technologies, are designed to enable consumers to become more proficient in using their digital content. The technology also promises to enhance PC security, system management and collaboration capabilities.

The platforms come packaged together with Intel's latest microprocessors, chipsets, communications silicon and software technologies, along with several chip design innovations, according to the company.

Because people are using their PC’s for multi-purposes, such as listening to music, watching videos and downloading photo’s, Intel claims its developed these new technologies to provide customers with the ability to do more with their digital content simultaneously. The improvements to home PCs include technologies that deliver new features to the entertainment experience. These new technologies are known as the Intel Pentium D processor with two processing cores, and the Intel 945 Express Chipset family, which supports features alike surround-sound audio, high-definition video and enhanced graphics capabilities. With a home network and a PC based on Intel's Pentium D processor and 945 Express Chipset, multiple audio, video or gaming streams can be routed to different people in the home simultaneously.

The Intel Professional Business Platform is the new offering for office PC’s, promising advanced security, management and collaboration technologies, Intel said. The enhancements include the introduction of Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), which will help enable IT managers to monitor, install security patches or diagnose problems for all Intel AMT-enabled PCs on their networks even if they are turned off or have a failed hard drive or operating system.

“Intel's new home and office platforms mark a new era in personal computing that matches the way people are increasingly using their PCs to work, communicate, entertain and play,” said Samir Al-Schamma, Intel’s general manager for the GCC. “The new platforms are tailored for specific market segments and provide business and consumer-friendly features,” Al-Schamma added.

Both of Intel's new platforms for the home and office come with additional features including Dual-Channel DDR2 at 667 MHz for higher speed memory and thus potentially faster PC performance, Intel SpeedStep Technology, which can help enable quieter and more energy-efficient systems, the Execute Disable Bit security feature that can help reduce the effects of some “buffer overflow attacks” when working with certain new operating systems, and Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology to enable larger amounts of memory for software that needs it, the company boasts.

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