McAfee's has released DeepSAFE, a product designed to eliminate sub-operating system threats.
The Intel joint venture will also be a yardstick by which the chip maker's $7.6 billion buy of McAfee may be judged.
McAfee DeepSAFE was demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum during the keynote speech by Intel's president and chief executive, Paul Otellini.
According to McAfee, DeepSAFE will allow it to develop hardware-assisted security products that proactively detect and prevent stealthy advanced persistent threats and malware.
Products using the technology are expected to be released before the end of this year.
With rootkits embedding themselves deep in the OS to evade current security solutions, McAfee claimed that it is detecting more than 1,200 new rootkits every day. However, it said a system running DeepSAFE would be able to detect and stop a zero-day rootkit from infecting it in real time.
Renée James, senior vice president and general manager of the software and services group at Intel, and chairman of McAfee, said: “By combining the features of existing Intel hardware and innovations in security software, Intel and McAfee are driving innovation in the security industry by providing a new way to protect computing devices.”