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Infineon unrolls Vista-ready solution for TPM environs

Posted: 31 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TPM? Windows Vista? enterprise? Infineon? data protection?

Infineon TPM v1.2 security controller

Infineon Technologies has announced availability of a new software suite version for management of computers using Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) in enterprise environments. Together with the currently shipping Infineon TPM v1.2, the TPM Professional Package builds a comprehensive and Windows Vista-ready secure solution compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG) 1.2 specification.

The TPM Professional Package v3.0 features a wide range of secure management capabilities enabling system administrators in enterprise and small office/home office (SOHO) environments to securely manage TPM-enabled desktops and notebooks, including setting policies, handling backup and restore, and securely migrating critical protected information from one TPM to another. The Infineon solution, which already supports several available OS, is now Windows Vista-ready.

Customer data protection
The Infineon TPM v1.2 solution simplifies customer data protection through support of the Microsoft Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption. PC manufacturers benefit from the complete Infineon TPM hardware and software offering since it secures all core components of a security subsystem used for authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of stored data.

Integrated onto the motherboard of a stationary or mobile PC, the TPM helps shield the stored data against unauthorized access and improves the system integrity. This enables more secure data storage, secure online business information exchange and online commerce transactions while protecting privacy. The Infineon TPM is the industry's smallest for this type of device in a 9.7-by-4.4mm package and it is also suitable for integration on mobile devices mainboards, such as handheld computers and PDAs.

"Building on its strengths, Infineon provides the basis for privacy and protection of information as well as increased user comfort," said Peter Bauer, member of the management board and president for the automotive industrial and multimarket business group at Infineon Technologies. "Along with an increased awareness for security, Infineon is determined to raise the bar for security and be a leader in this growing market."

Multiple OS support
The TPM Professional Package v3.0 features application and management functionalities such as backup and restore as well as migration of secrets, policy settings and password handling. It supports multiple OS and specifically Microsoft's new OS Windows Vista, in both its 32bit and 64bit versions. The multilanguage solution provides management functions optimized for use in enterprise environments with central administration of TPM-enabled PCs and notebooks. Additionally, multiple applications are supported such as WLAN security as well as file and folder encryption.

Infineon's TPM v1.2 is based on the company's proven family of 16bit security controllers, which was developed for use in high-security chip card applications. To securely store keys and passwords, the Infineon TPM offers state-of-the-art security features, such as an active shielding that sends a continuous stream of random data over the surface of the chip. Apart from active shielding, the chip features a true random number generator (RNG), hardware accelerated RSA crypto algorithms with key lengths of up to 2,048 bit and hash algorithms (where a document, file or computer drive is assigned a unique, cryptographically protected checksum which can be used to recognize manipulation), as required by the TCG specification.

Strict security evaluations
Infineon's TPM has started the process to pass the world's strictest security evaluations for hardware security conducted according to internationally accepted standards and to achieve the industry's highest rating for digital security, the Common Criteria EAL 4+.

The Infineon TPM Professional Package is available to desktop and notebook manufacturers today.

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