Consortium unveils security spec

TCPA's intention with its release of the Trusted Computing Platform Specification 1.0 is to provide the IT industry with a direction that facilitates trust in computing platforms and environments, the organisation said in a statement. IBM was successful in developing the security standard that TCPA adopted at the organisation's January meeting, TCPA said in a statement.

Companies that adopt the specification will use a security chip and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) software. A security chip will be used to encrypt data and it will sit on the computer's motherboard.

The security chip will cost about $US2, according to an IBM spokesman. The technology uses public-key, private-key encryption for developing digital signatures, according to the specification. The actual specification is posted on the TCPA's Web site at http://www.trustedpc.org/.

IBM's own embedded security chip came out in September 1999. It ships in NetVista desktop systems. IBM Thinkpad notebooks are expected to gain the technology later this year.

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James Evans

PC World

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