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Security SoC offers NFC, secure processor in one chip

Posted: 06 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security SoC? secure processor? near field communication?

Broadcom Corp. has released two additions to its security system-on-a-chip (SoC) familythe BCM5882 and BCM5883. The new SoCs are touted as the most highly integrated secure SoC processors in the industry.

The BCM5882 and BCM5883 provide PC OEMs with a security solution that is both scalable and cost-effective. With integrated near field communication (NFC) technology, a secure processor and biometric capabilities all on one chip, the new SoCs isolate user authentication from the host computing system through a multifactor, multichoice authentication and data protection process.

The cost-effective security platform can be leveraged across product families and form-factors, allowing IT managers to have a consistent security platform throughout the organization.

NFC is poised to become ubiquitous in smartphones and consumer electronic devices over the next few years and can be utilized in PCs and tablets for user authentication, payment, virtual currency transactions, ticketing, advertising, and location-based services and applications.

With the rise in enterprise network security breaches and increasing concerns related to social media sites and data stored in the cloud, security experts, suppliers and service providers alike see the need to improve network security. With this in mind, Broadcom developed Credential Vault, a feature at the core of the new SoCs where user and device keys and credentials are securely stored. The hardware-based authentication provided by the SoC can be directly linked to data access on self-encrypting hard drives (SED), thus offering an additional layer of security for critical user data.

Technologies such as cloud computing may also require repeated authentication throughout the work day. According to Broadcom, their secure SoCs ease the use of cloud computing applications by eliminating the need for repeated log in and authentication through single sign-on applications.

In the workplace, each secure SoC has a unique device-specific key that can serve as a root of trust to generate device and user-based certificates. These certificates enable a secure work flow environment through the use of digital signatures in documents, email, VPN access, and digital rights management (DRM) applications.

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