Intel is reportedly going to allow virus scanners tap into its integrated graphics chipsets to find malware on PCs. “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. Early benchmarking on Intel test systems show CPU utilisation dropped from 20 percent to as little as 2 percent,” Rick Echevarria, VP of Intel’s platform security division, explained.
The company will be making this mechanism available to its sixth, seventh and eighth generation processors. That means its impact will be widespread, since the processors already run on a majority of PCs and laptops today. As of now, virus scanners use the CPU to detect viruses, scan and fight against them. This, obviously, affects the overall performance of computers. By offloading this on the GPU, the CPU will be free for regular tasks.
The technology is called the Intel Threat Detection Technology and the company is partnering with Microsoft for initial support. Support will be added to Windows Defender Advanced Protection Threat (ATP) this month. The company will also be partnering with antivirus vendors for the same.