It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium.  The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day.  Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.
“Today’s launch of the latest version of Intel’s vPro platform is a much bigger deal than you might think, with implications for end users that extend far beyond the enterprise arena at which vPro is initially aimed. The 2007 version of vPro represents the culmination of two of Intel’s most ambitious and important plans for the PC platform: the transformation of x86 into a fully virtualizable ISA complete with virtualized I/O, and the first fully-complete implementation of all the parts of Intel’s controversial contribution to “trusted computing” technology, formerlly codenamed “LaGrande” but now called Trusted Execution Technology (TXT).”

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