Intel has announced a new feature called Accelerated Memory Scanning that enables virus scanners to rely on its graphics chips in order to look for malware on Windows computers.

Such an implementation has several benefits, including not only a reduced footprint on system performance, but also increased battery life on devices like laptops. Previously, antivirus apps were using CPU power exclusively to perform scans, and with Intel’s new tech, the company expects processor load to drop from 20 percent to just 2 percent.

Microsoft will be the first to adopt the new technology, and Advanced Memory Scanning will be baked into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) available for enterprises as part of Windows 10.

The company is also announcing Intel Advanced Platform Telemetry, a new system that’s supposed to help block advanced threats and reduce false positives. This feature relies on telemetry and machine learning algorithms, and Intel says that a noticea…

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