Infineon Technologies Extends Its Leadership in Security ICs; Shows Trusted Platform Module at RSA Conference
Infineon is showing its TPM, a complete solution to implement version 1.0 of the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance specifications, at the RSA Conference 2001 this week in San Francisco. The Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), an industry group founded in 1999 and now including more than 160 companies, published the version 1.0 specifications in January 2001. Infineon, which already manufactures ICs that meet the toughest international requirements for security, developed its TPM solution to extend its leadership to this new standard for trusted computing.
The growth of the Internet as a global platform for commerce will be accelerated by the adoption of standard technologies to assure that buyers and sellers are interacting in secure, trusted environments, said Stefan Marquardt, vice president and general manager of business unit Security ICs at Infineon Technologies. Infineons commitment to the TCPA standard can be seen by our speed in bringing fully compliant products to market so quickly after completion of the initial specification. We are very pleased to make every contribution possible to advance the TPM subsystem technology.
Technical details on SLF9630C TPM
Infineons SLF9630C TPM is based on the companys proven 16-bit security controller architecture. The controller includes 16 kBytes of non-volatile memory, hardware-based, cryptographic implementations of RSA (2,048 bit keys) and Hash algorithms, and the true Random Number Generator required by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance specification. Infineon security controllers based on this architecture have achieved the industrys highest rating for digital security, the ITSEC E4 High Certificate issued by the German government agency responsible for security in information technology.
In addition to the secure controller, Infineon provides computer manufacturers with a proven secure operating system and embedded applications to implement the subsystem. Software developed by Infineon includes the Trusted Platform System software stack and TPM cryptographic service provider.
The SLF9630C, which will be available in sample quantities in the second quarter of 2001, integrates with desktop systems and notebooks via the standard low pin count (LPC) interface bus. The package will be a 64-pin TQFP; additional package types are under development. Pricing information will be announced when production ramp begins later this year.
About TCPA Specifications
The companies that founded the TCPA, Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft, set out to develop an open standard for a subsystem that assumes responsibility for system security functions. The TPM is defined as the root-of-trust in a platform, such as PC, notebook or mobile phone, which checks a systems integrity at start-up and provides authentication to third-parties in communication with a system, while providing the system owner with privacy and confidentiality. The subsystem will provide the basis for creation of public-key infrastructure security based on unique hardware installed in a platform.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com
The SLF9630C Trusted Platform Module (TPM) of Infineon Technologies is used to assure authenticity, integrity and confidentiality in e-commerce transactions and Internet communications.Press Picture
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