Intel was in trouble as soon as Spectre and Meltdown security exploits became public and to protect its chips from similar exploits in the future, Intel has introduced Intel Security Essentials that standardizes security features across Intel processors and interestingly Intel has also enabled the use of GPU to detect threats and viruses with Intel Threat Detection tech.
Intel has worked closely with Microsoft and Cisco to enable anti-virus to use your IGPU to scan for viruses. Microsoft has already integrated the Accelerated Memory Scanning into its Windows Defender.
The reason why this is a good thing is that it will take the load off the CPU as anti-virus programs use CPU to scan and can cause the performance to drop.
Advanced Memory Scanning will detect the system memory-based cyber attacks at a low CPU cost due to the use of the GPU in scanning and also consumes less energy.
The Intel Threat Detection tech has been implemented for 6th, 7th, and 8th gen Intel processors with IGPUs.
As for the Intel Security Essentials, it is part of the 8th Gen Coffee Lake redesign that will not require any patches for security exploits such as Spectre and Meltdown in the future as it will “ensure a consistent set of critical root-of-trust hardware security capabilities across Intel Core, Intel Xeon and Intel Atom processors.
As Intel promised earlier this year, Intel Security Essentials will be integrated into the silicon with a minimal impact on the CPU performance.’
Speaking of Coffee Lake CPUs, Intel has referenced 8 Core Coffee Lake-S CPU with integrated GPUs in its technical documentation. The technical documentation mentions the Coffee Lake S8+2 CPUs and according to Intel’s format, the 8 represents the number of cores which hints that Intel is preparing to launch 8 Core processor in its 8th gen Cofee Lake-S series.
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