Hewlett-Packard (HP) is using streamlined IT management as a sales pitch for its latest line of PCs, including the first desktops to use Intel\u2019s vPro technology bundle.A computer running the vPro bundle uses software and hardware\u2014including Intel\u2019s new "Conroe" Core 2 Duo processor\u2014to automate some aspects of IT management and network security. Intel plans to formally announce the platform Thursday, as Gateway and Lenovo Group also start selling vPro-enabled desktops.HP got a jump on its competition, particularly archrival Dell, by unveiling its new business line first. HP announced three new desktops, a workstation and six notebooks during a press conference Wednesday in New York City.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIntel vPro LogoOnly the desktops offer the vPro option, while the other new PCs take advantage of the flurry of chips launched in recent months, including Intel\u2019s "Merom" Core 2 Duo for the notebooks and a choice of Intel\u2019s "Woodcrest" Xeon 5100 or Advanced Micro Devices\u2019 (AMD\u2019s) "Rev. F" Next-Generation Opteron for the workstation.HP promised to make life easier for the IT managers who maintain these machines by preloading its OpenView Configuration Management agent on all commercial notebooks, desktops and workstations. That product has been an option in the past.OpenView will bolster Intel\u2019s Active Management Technology, an ingredient of vPro, allowing IT managers to make fewer time-consuming "desk-side" visits by booting and repairing PCs remotely, said John Snaider, HP\u2019s vice president for desktop PCs.Other business-friendly enhancements on the desktops include Trusted Platform Model (TPM) 1.2 security chips, a second hard drive for real-time data backup, and a virtual partition on the hard drive for encrypting sensitive data, said Brian Schmitz, director of desktop product marketing for HP.In contrast to its concentration on Intel-powered desktops, HP is selling the new xw9400 workstation as the AMD-powered peer of its xw8400 model. AMD-based PCs account for about one-third of HP\u2019s high-end workstation sales, since they are able to run certain Nvidia graphics cards that Intel cannot handle, said Jeff Wood, HP\u2019s director of product marketing for workstations.HP is selling the dc7700 desktop for US$643, plus a premium for the vPro option. The company will launch the dc5700 and dc5750, which will be available with either Intel or AMD chips, in the fourth quarter.The xw9400 workstation will ship later in September for $1,800. The notebooks include the HP Compaq 9400 for $1,299, 8400 for $1,449, nx7400 for $849, nc6400 for $1,199, 6300 for $799, and 4400 for $1,479.Detailed information about the new systems can be found here. In related news, Apple Computer on Wednesday announced that it is now using Intel Core 2 Duo chips in its entire line of iMac computers.\n\n-Ben Ames, IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)(Al Sacco, CIO online news writer, contributed to this report)\n\nRelated Links: \n\nIntel to Launch vPro Desktop Bundle Sept. 7\n\nApple iMac Line Gets Intel Core Duo 2 ChipsCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.