This new security feature will be facilitated over a wireless 3G network which will allow cpu deactivation without internet access or the need for the computer to be on. Presumably, the feature will require some kind of cellular device which will send a SMS message to the stolen computer which will trigger the security feature.
With the growing popularity of mobile computing, Intel may be seeking to cater to the needs of people who will likely commute with with laptops hence, undoubtedly, making theft a major concern among consumers.
Sandy Bridge processors are set to release sometime in early 2011; however, Lowyat.net has reported that they have already launched in certain locations in Malaysia. This latest product by Intel is expected to formally be announced during the Consumer Electronics Show next month.
Computer theft is not an unfamiliar issue here in Florida. In 2006, a theft incident gained nation-wide attention when a laptop computer was stolen from The Department of Transportation which contained sensitive information of roughly 133,000 Floridians. A remote switch may have certainly came in handy.