by CIO Staff

Via Backs Trusted Platform Module

Mar 31, 20061 min
IT Strategy

In a move to help users better secure the data on their computers, Taiwanese chip vendor Via Technologies said Thursday it will add Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support to its line of chipset products.

TPMs are microcontrollers used to safely store and authenticate passwords, digital certificates and encryption keys. Generally attached to the motherboard of a computer, these chips, which are based on a specification developed by The Trusted Computing Group, are designed to protect user information from malicious software or physical theft.

Via will add TPM support to its line of chipsets for processors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as well as those that support its own processor offerings. The company has validated its latest chipsets with TPMs produced by STMicroelectronics NV and BIOS (Basic Input Output Software) offerings from Insyde Software and American Megatrends, it said.

In addition to TPM support, Via offers other technologies that help to keep user data secure. For example, the company’s C7 processor line includes a hardware encryption feature called Via PadLock.

-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

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