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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—When Intel starts shipping its newest "Sandy Bridge" PC processors later this quarter, the chips will come with the latest generation of the company’s vPro on-board management and security capabilities that now will include the ability to lock down lost or stolen PCs via a 3G text message.

Intel officials have put on demonstrations of the upcoming vPro 2.0 features around the United States and Canada, including in this city west of Boston. They showed off the capabilities on a number of notebooks located around a room, including some yet-to-be released ThinkPad T420 systems from Lenovo.

The enhancements touch on everything from security to configuration, with a key goal being ease of use, according to Brian Tucker, director of marketing for the chip maker’s Business Client Platform Division.

"We’re trying to make it as simple as possible for IT pros," Tucker said in an interview with eWEEK during the demonstrations.