Infineon Technologies introduces new family of Trusted Platform Modules
Sep 12, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Infineon Technologies AG, a manufacturer of semiconductors and related products, has introduced OPTIGA, a new family of Trusted Platform Modules, or TPM, that broaden the application base for Trusted Computing.
TPMs are specific microcontrollers that defend computing systems against unauthorized access and attacks. With extended temperature range versions, support for either serial or parallel device interfaces and ability to run either TPM 1.2 or 2.0, Infineon's OPTIGA TPMs support current and anticipated future requirements for hardware-based trusted system applications across industrial, embedded, mobile or tablet and traditional computing environments.
The TPM was defined by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) - a standardization body including leading IT companies - which provides open standards intended to enable safe computing environments. Organizations use systems with built-in, trusted hardware and applications to better protect business-critical data (for example, using hard disk encryption), to manage secure authentication and stronger protection of user identities and to improve secure communication in connected computer networks.
Infineon's TPM security chips successfully passed the most stringent security tests to prove the chip's resistance against attacks. They have received TCG certification based on the international security standard "Common Criteria" and on TCG's own compliance tests.
"With launch of the new OPTIGA TPM family, Infineon supports both the evolution to higher security implementation with TPM 2.0 and the growing demand for Trusted Computing functionality in computing systems," said Juergen Spaenkuch, vice president and General Manager Platform Security at Infineon's Chip Card & Security Division. "Since the first TPM devices were shipped ten years ago, Trusted Computing has grown to encompass multiple types of computing platforms and operating systems, based on the common requirement for a hardware root of trust that verifies the authenticity and secure state of devices," he added.
Each of the new TPM devices is based on a state-of-the-art Infineon 16-bit security microcontroller and the company's SOLID FLASH technology. They meet Microsoft Windows hardware certification requirements, are recommended by Google for Chrome OS systems and are supported in major open source operating systems.
Based on its core competences in the fields of security, contactless communication and integrated microcontroller solutions (embedded control), Infineon offers an extensive portfolio of semiconductor-based security products for many chip card and security applications. With this expertise, Infineon is helping to increase security in an increasingly connected world, for example for mobile payment, for system security and secure electronic ID documents.
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