Back when I worked at Intel in their System Software group, we were working on an embedded OS kernel that would run on the chipset and help provide firmware based security for the enterprise.This technology was called Active Management Technology (AMT). The OS was host to various embedded security applications that monitored and controlled the system. We were also working with another team that was developing a secure hypervisor that would provide an isolated environment for the user OS (like Windows, Linux, etc). All of this was designed to allow an enterprise IT department more control over its machines and help isolate malware infected computers from the network. It also allows IT to more easily manage and repair systems remotely. Click on the link above if you want to read more.
Anyways, a few months ago, Intel made this music video promoting the technology: