The Intel/Inhell Management Engine (IME)

What is the Intel Management Engine?

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No seriously, go to the Wikipedia article and you can read about it.
Also I find the article from Purism very well written.

Intel Management Engine on Wikipedia (
This is what Intel itself says about the Management Engine:

AMD has a similar subsystem embedded into their CPUs called AMD Platform Security Processor (AMD PSP). You can read more about that here.