Infineon Security Microcontrollers Enhance Security of Google’s Chromebooks for Web-Based Applications
Neubiberg, Germany – July 26, 2011 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today announced that the company is shipping Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips for devices running Google’s Chrome-based operating system. A TPM is an integral part of the security architecture of Google Chromebooks and Infineon is the first supplier of TPM chips suited for integration onto the newly available operating system for web-based applications.
Chromebooks are designed to provide a fast, simple and secure experience for people who use computing devices primarily to access the Internet and use web-based applications. One key part of the design is called “defense in depth,” which provides multiple levels of protection against malware. The security architecture includes hardware-backed features, including functions that are supported by the TPM chip built-in to every Chromebook.
“Google recognizes the critical importance of security for people who live on the web and has designed its Chrome OS application platforms accordingly,” said Dr. Helmut Gassel, President of the Chip Card & Security Division at Infineon Technologies AG. “As more users turn to cloud-based solutions to access data and applications, hardware-based security will play a key role in the growth of web-based mobile devices. With strong expertise in security systems, Infineon is well positioned to continue innovation that meets security requirements at the best cost-performance ratio across a wide range of devices and business segments.”
Infineon offers hardware and software products for Trusted Computing in compliance with the specifications published by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Infineon’s TPM is a fully standard compliant TPM that has successfully passed the TCG’s certification process and achieved the Common Criteria EAL 4 certification. In addition to the TPM chip, Infineon provides its TPM professional package security software offering easy initialization as well as management and application support.
Information on Chromebooks can be found at http://google.com/chromebook. Additionally, a teardown report on the components of the first publicly available Chromebook, published by the global market research and analysis organization IHS iSuppli, can be found at http://press.ihs.com/press-release/product-design-supply-chain/samsung-chromebook-carries-33212-bill-materials-ihs-isuppl.
Together with energy efficiency and mobility, security is one of the three focus areas of Infineon. The company is contributing its more than quarter-century of security expertise, gained in the development and production of chip card ICs and security ICs, to the effort to increase the security of today's solutions in payment and banking, communications, reliable identification of persons and goods, access protection for data and networks, and digital home entertainment electronics. Infineon offers a complete portfolio of scalable IC products with various interfaces e. g. contact-based and contactless as well as industry standard interfaces in applications with embedded security. Infineon is the global market leader in chip card ICs for more than 14 years currently holding 27 percent of the market. For more information on Infineon’s TPM and semiconductor product portfolio for chip card and security applications, please go to www.infineon.com/tpm and www.infineon.com/ccs.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2010 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 3.295 billion with approximately 26,650 1 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
1Mentioned number of employees contains about 3,500 employees of the Wireless mobile phone business (Wireless Solutions), which was sold to Intel Corporation.