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PTEC Page Table Edit Control ) today announced Phoenix TrustedCore(TM) SP2, the newest version of its innovative firmware that proactively protects X86-based computing See x86-based system. devices and their data before the operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. and applications even load, creating a tamper-resistant platform.
TrustedCore SP2, which will begin shipping in October for desktop, mobile, embedded and server systems, incorporates sophisticated firmware security enhancements that fundamentally transform legacy BIOS technology. Phoenix's new BIOS core system software delivers a "root of trust," allowing customers to deploy devices that are inherently secure from the start and that support the latest in digital device authentication advancements. Phoenix will showcase the new technology in its booth -- Technology Showcase, Booth #741 -- at the Intel Developer Forum Intel Developer Forum (IDF), is a twice yearly gathering of technologists to discuss Intel products and products based around Intel products. The first IDF was in 1997. There is usually a Spring IDF and a Fall IDF. in San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden , August 23-25.
The Phoenix TrustedCore architecture enables makers and designers of PCs and other digital devices to create trusted and self-authenticating networked devices. The ability to easily certify a device as a trusted endpoint gives corporations and government organizations greater protection from attacks that enter a network through the endpoint device. In addition, the TrustedCore SP2 platform now includes the Phoenix CoreArchitect(TM) integrated development tool as a standard component, making it easier for device makers to speed new X86-based products to the marketplace in a highly cost-effective manner.
Industry Leadership at the Core of the Device
With this latest release of TrustedCore, Phoenix is taking a lead role for the industry in providing a platform for ensuring that PCs and embedded systems Embedded systems
Computer systems that cannot be programmed by the user because they are preprogrammed for a specific task and are buried within the equipment they serve. can meet current and emerging security standards and requirements. Phoenix is the first firmware maker to fully implement key industry standards required for Microsoft Windows See Windows.
(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then. Vista. This includes support for the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (specification) Extensible Firmware Interface - (EFI) A specification originating from Intel Corporation, defining the interface between an operating system and platform firmware, and aiming to reduce OS dependence on details of the firmware implementation.
EFI Home. (UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) A standard programming interface for setting up and booting a computer from the UEFI Forum (www.uefi.org). It evolved from the EFI interface developed by Intel, which was first used in Intel's Itanium line. ) specification through a UEFI boot loader capability, and support for the Trusted Platform Module In computing, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is both the name of a published specification detailing a microcontroller that can store secured information, as well as the general name of implementations of that specification, often called "TPM chip" or "TPM Security Device" (Dell). (TPM) 1.2 specification compliance requirements of the Trusted Computing Group See TCG. . TrustedCore SP2's support of the TPM 1.2 specification will help ensure that malicious code cannot invade a device so early in its boot process that steps cannot be taken to thwart the attack. The UEFI specification is part of an industry initiative to ensure a clean interface between a device's operating system and the platform firmware at the boot time.
Phoenix has also created a pre-boot authentication standard, based on a set of application programming interfaces, that will allow for easy integration of third-party two-factor authentication devices, such as biometric fingerprint sensors and smart tokens. This standard will assist device developers in creating endpoint devices that are highly tamper-resistant. As a result, customers will be able to more readily deploy PCs that require use of a password and a second factor, such as a fingerprint, to ensure authenticated booting of PCs.
Phoenix is also leading the industry with its ability to provide master boot record The first sector on the hard disk, which directs the computer to the location of the operating system. See boot sector. authentication at the firmware level, which will prevent tampering of the operating system or the hard disk. Targeted for specialized applications and embedded systems, master boot record authentication provides a trusted boot path for the whole operating system, and contributes to meeting Microsoft's Secure Startup requirements for tamper-resistant devices.
In addition, Phoenix TrustedCore includes an embedded cryptographic engine, called StrongROM, that allows authentication of the firmware itself. StrongROM can complement use of TPM 1.2 chip technology to further enhance device security or provide a level of cryptographic security by itself for systems that do not contain a TPM 1.2 compliant chip.
TrustedCore now comes standard with the Phoenix CoreArchitect integrated development environment See IDE.
integrated development environment - interactive development environment . Based on the popular Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio is Microsoft's flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms .NET tool, CoreArchitect allows for drag and drop A graphical user interface (GUI) capability that lets you perform operations by moving the icon of an object with the mouse into another window or onto another icon. For example, files can be copied or moved by dragging them from one folder to another. of selected features for fast deployment of TrustedCore-based designs. Developers familiar with the Microsoft technology can easily adapt their programming skills to the TrustedCore platform.
"As threats to networked devices become more sophisticated and more widespread, Phoenix Technologies has responded to these challenges with the latest release of TrustedCore, which provides the robust security foundation required by end users today," said Michael D. Goldgof, senior vice president and general manager of the Corporate Marketing and Product Divisions for Phoenix Technologies. "During this age of unprecedented connected computing devices and seamless global networks, customers will continue to rely on innovations from Phoenix to allow them to defeat both software- and hardware-based attacks."
During its more than 25 years of history, Phoenix has pioneered BIOS and other pre-OS technologies that cover all aspects of starting, managing, securing, maintaining and shutting down PCs and other networked digital devices, allowing end users to enable, protect and recover their important data, as well as X86-based PCs and digital devices. To date, more than one billion devices with Phoenix's BIOS technology have been shipped worldwide, with more than 100 million new devices shipped every year.
Information on pricing and availability of Phoenix TrustedCore SP2 core system software can be obtained through Phoenix or one of its global authorized distributors.
About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. develops a complete product suite of Core System Software, tools and applications to deliver trusted, seamless computing to digital devices for an Internet-connected world. Phoenix Technologies helped launch the PC industry over 25 years ago. Today, the company is extending its leadership and knowledge at the core of machines, beyond the PC to a wide range of platforms and devices.
Phoenix Core System Software has set the standard for the world's leading branded PC OEMs and their global network of supply chain and software partners. Today, Phoenix solutions define, identify and restore the world's best-known systems. These solutions are built into the device core, where they are protected from viruses, user errors, hackers and corruption. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. (Silicon Valley), with offices in global business and technology centers. For more information, visit www.phoenix.com
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