Intel has announced new technology for its processors to help combat malware more effectively, and to improve the performance of a PC while doing so by offloading virus scanning duties to the integrated GPU.
Intel explains that its new Threat Detection Technology (TDT) uses functionality built-in at the silicon-level to help defeat exploits, and the first line of defense introduced is something called Accelerated Memory Scanning.
Rick Echevarria, VP of platform security at Intel, stated: “Current scanning technologies can detect system memory-based cyber-attacks, but at the cost of CPU performance. With Accelerated Memory Scanning, the scanning is handled by Intel’s integrated graphics processor, enabling more scanning, while reducing the impact on performance and power consumption.”
Intel’s own early tests show that the amount of processor resources used in scanning drops from 20% to 2% in the best case scenario, which is obviously a huge step forward in terms of efficiency.
Less CPU usage will in turn help on the power consumption front, of course, so hopefully this could mean a little bit of extra battery life when it comes to the likes of notebooks.
This technology will be available to those who are running 6th-generation Intel processors or newer, so in other words, Skylake …read more