IBM pushing secure processor platform

April 10, 2006 – IBM Corp. has developed what it calls “breakthrough” secure processor technology to provide mobile devices with the level of cryptography-based protection used with mainframe-level systems, but heretofore considered too costly and impractical for lower-end devices.

The architecture, code-named “Secure Blue,” involves hard-wiring security elements directly into the chip as its being manufactured rather than from software applications after the fact, helping to make reverse-engineering and tampering more difficult. The technology aims to maintain a continuous level of data security from the network to outlying devices ranging from PDAs, digital entertainment receivers, military field devices, and cell phones, protecting information ranging from documents, presentations, and software as well as communications security keys and digital signatures.

The company says its engineers will work with clients to customize, design, and manufacture the semiconductor devices in both microprocessor and system-on-a-chip configurations.


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