Infineon Security Microcontrollers Enhance Security of Google’s Chromebooks for Web-Based Applications

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Infineon Technologies AG 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.

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