Intel Unwraps SMB PCs

Vendor’s new Small Business Advantage platform offers notebooks, desktops on iCore processors.

Intel Corp. recently took the wraps off its new Small Business Advantage (SBA) platform, a family of notebooks and desktops based on its second-generation iCore processor technology aimed at the productivity and security needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The vendor said that the SBA platform, which it unveiled at its Developer Forum in Beijing, China, provides a complete hardware and software solution, featuring six built-in applications specifically crafted for SMBs without a managed network and limited IT resources.

By contrast, Intel’s existing vPro technology is aimed at managed PC environments common to midmarket and large businesses.

Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager, PC Client Group, told attendees that the SBA platform helps SMBs to maximize business productivity and minimize disruptions by keeping PCs performing at optimal levels while securing data.

The SBA platform runs on the chip maker’s i3, i5 and i7 processors with 2012 business chipsets. The machines support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 7 operating system.

Intel said that because the SBA platform is customizable with services, additional software and co-branding of the user interface, it presents new SMB market opportunities for channel partners.

Of the six applications included on the SBA machines--PC Health Center, Data Backup and Restore, Software Monitor, Energy Saver, Wireless Display and USB Blocker—the first three are required and the latter three are optional. Channel partners are free to replace the data backup and restore application with one of their own choosing but the system must have a backup solution, Intel said.

An automatic software update feature installs on first boot and checks for updates every 15 days.

Intel officials said that OEMs supporting the Intel SBA include ASUS, Dell Inc., Fujitsu and Lenovo.

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