Spec released for trusted PC platform

Spec released for trusted PC platform

The Trusted Computing Platform Alliance has released Version 1.0 of its specification for PC subsystems that perform security functions.

The spec resembles that of a chip embedded in secure versions of IBM NetVista computers since last June, said Arsen Varjabedian, NetVista client security manager. But that does not mean hardware companies that follow the TCPA standard will have to use the IBM products.

'They're all going to be developing products on these specs. It's not just IBM,' he said.
TCPA, formed in 1999 by IBM, Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., now has 145 member companies.

The computing engine on the motherboard cannot be altered. It handles security functions such as encryption and authentication in a private-key infrastructure.

'W. Jackson

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