The evolution of Intel AMT, generation to generation, version by version

Happy holidays and a great new year to all!

We were asked in the Manageability Forums the following question:

"I have searched a bit but was quite difficult to find a list with the available AMT versions except this wikipedia entry that seems incomplete."


This is a good question, certainly useful info for all.

I directed Ph3ar to the Start Here Guide and this old post by Gael, but couldn't find any public article or page that better defined the differences. I'm sure it's somewhere in our site, but not much use if no one can find it, right? :)

I'll post in this blog what I know about the differences between Intel AMT versions and generations. It will be indexed, searchable and Googable (yay!); and if you know of a better or more-official information resource let know so I can update or fix accordingly.

First, an introduction: Intel AMT generations are identified by a version number. This number consists of 4 parts: m.x.hh.bbbb, as in 3.2.10.1080.
The numbers mean:
- m is the Major Version, which defines in which platform (type of hardware) the specific version runs.
- x is the Minor Version, used to differentiate between versions with different capabilities for a specific platform.
- hh is a secondary minor version. Different values will usually have the same features but with improvements between them.
- bbbb is the build number, which has little effect to real world users. :)
Intel AMT can be upgraded to higher Minor versions, but different Major versions require different hardware support.

Ok, so here's the non-official table of features:
(How to read it: Parallel features in projects appear in the same row, the dark cells show from which Minor version the feature is supported, and each higher minor version includes the features of the previous ones.)

















































































































































































































Desktop


Mobile


Desktop


Mobile


Desktop


2.x


2.x


3.x


4.x


5.x

         

2.0


2.5


3.0


4.0


5.0


Normal Setup and Config


Normal Setup and Config


Normal Setup and Config


Normal Setup and Config


Normal Setup and Config


System Defense


System Defense


System Defense


System Defense


System Defense


3PDS


3PDS


3PDS


3PDS


3PDS


Remote Power Control


Remote Power Control


Remote Power Control


Remote Power Control


Remote Power Control


AMT Software Upgrade


AMT Software Upgrade


AMT Software Upgrade


AMT Software Upgrade


AMT Software Upgrade


Hardware Asset Management


Hardware Asset Management


Hardware Asset Management


Hardware Asset Management


Hardware Asset Management


Serial Over Lan


Serial Over Lan


Serial Over Lan


Serial Over Lan


Serial Over Lan


IDE Redirection


IDE Redirection


IDE Redirection


IDE Redirection


IDE Redirection


Agent Presence


Agent Presence


Agent Presence


Agent Presence


Agent Presence


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Environment Detection


Environment Detection


Environment Detection


Environment Detection


Software: Intel LMS


Software: Intel LMS


Software: Intel LMS


Software: Intel LMS


Software: Intel LMS


2.1


Wireless Support


-----


Wireless Support


-----


Software: atchk


Software: atchk


Software: atchk


Software: Intel Management and Security
Status


Software: Intel Management and Security
Status


-----


Software: Local User Notification


Software: Local User Notification


Software: Local User Notification


Software: Local User Notification


-----


Enpoint Access Control (EAC)


Enpoint Access Control (EAC)


Enpoint Access Control (EAC)


Enpoint Access Control (EAC)


-----


802.1x


802.1x


802.1x


802.1x


Intel ME Remote Wake


Intel ME Remote Wake


Intel ME Remote Wake


Intel ME Remote Wake


Intel ME Remote Wake


2.2


2.6


WS-Management


WS-Management


WS-Management


-----


-----


-----


DASH Compliance


DASH Compliance


Remote Configuration


Remote Configuration


Remote Configuration


Remote Configuration


Remote Configuration


-----


-----


System Defense Heuristics


-----


System Defense Heuristics


-----


-----


3.1


Audit Log


Audit Log


-----


-----


Linux Support


CIRA


CIRA


-----


-----


3.2


4.2


5.2


-----


Win 7 Support


Win 7 Support


Win 7 Support


Win 7 Support


Hopefully the table above will be valuable to clarify the picture for you.

Note 1: The table comprises only main features. There are features not mentioned in the table.
Note 2: This is not a division according to the realms existent/supported by each generation, it focuses around features only.
Note 3: The table does not include information about the variations of manageability mode added in 4.x or 5.x, like Standard Manageability, Level III manageability, Remote PC Assist...
Note 4: There may be errors in the table. Post your correction in the comments below! :)

Happy Holidays!

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