VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is one of the of oldest remote desktop solutions around, and while its RFB (remote framebuffer) protocol can require a little more bandwidth than the competition, it’s long been praised for its broad cross-platform support and elegant simplicity. Last year, RealVNC teamed up with Intel to incorporate a bona fide VNC server (using hardware encryption native to vPro chipsets) into the oldest bit of PC firmware — the BIOS. As such, you can securely control a remote computer’s BIOS, mount a disk image, and install an OS from the comfort of your living room halfway across the globe. The future is now — you’re welcome. Take a look at RealVNC’s IDF 2011 demo in the gallery below and our hand-on video after the break.
Gallery: RealVNC BIOS-based server
Dante Cesa contributed to this report.
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