Intel AT - that's Antitheft for most of us, the ability to "brick" or lock the PC at the hardware level - effectively turning it into a brick if it is lost or stolen.  Intel AT has been available in the Lenovo ThinkPad line of laptops for just over a year:

 

  • Lenovo ThinkPad R400/500, T400/400s/500, and W400 along with the X200/200s/200 tablet and the X301.

 

New Product SKU's available now include:

 

  • Fujitsu Lifebook T5010 and the E6420
  • Panasonic Toughbook series (not all models are AT capable)

 

As we move into 2010 more OEM's will be bringing Intel AT support to their lineup as well; HP, Dell, Acer and ASUS will all have support for AT in early 2010.  Other OEM's and regional LOEM's will also be bringing products to market later in 2010 - most of these will be be for the EMEA and APAC countrys.

 

Intel AT requires a service in order to utilize the features in the antitheft engine (part of the AMT Management Engine); Absolute Software offers its Computrace application that takes full advantage of Intel AT and allows the IT department to set both the lock down and timer parameters.  Phoenix Software is another solution that is coming online (will be available late Q4 '09)and offers many of the features as Absolute.  Both Absolute and Phoenix are SaaS solutions and require specific BIOS and Firmware in the PC - check with your OEM to make sure the service and Intel AT is available in the model PC you are planning to utilize.  As we move into 2010 there will be other software vendors (ISV's) that will offer support for Intel AT as well as take advantage of new AT features, hard drive encryption keys that will be stored in the Management Engine (ME) there-by completely disabling both the PC and the hard drive once the PC is "Bricked" (the Hard Drive would not be able to be restored in another PC with out the Encryption keys).  As we move closer to 2010 I will update this blog to include new features of Intel AT and the new ISV's as they come online.