SAN JOSE -- Embedded software supplier Phoenix Technologies Ltd. today announced a partnership with Standard Microsystems Corp. to enhance built-in PC security with new tamper-resistant silicon hardware that stores protective device keys and related data.
These chips will provide greater protection for PC systems than less secure storage on hard-disk drives and other computer peripherals, said the two companies.
Under the partnership, Phoenix Technologies and Standard Microsystems plan to develop and market unique security solutions for personal computer systems, which will protect a range of activities from online banking to enterprise network access. Standard Microsystems in Hauppauge, N.Y., will also join San Jose-based Phoenix Technologies' Post 2.0 Trusted Device Initiative and become a member of the Phoenix Secure Silicon Alliance Program (SSAP).
"Our partnership will result in the development of next-generation products, leveraging StrongROM technology and providing a greater level of security for PC's," said Alan L. McCann, senior vice president and general manager of the corporate marketing and products division at Phoenix. The company's StrongROM integrated toolkit, documentation, certification, and developer support for SSAP members are aimed at leveraging existing and new silicon features for higher levels of security in PC systems.
"SMSC's customers are showing rapidly increasing interest in providing more secure computer platforms in response to requests from their customers," said Robert E. Hollingsworth, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at Standard Microsystems. The Long Island-based chip supplier will work with Phoenix to utilize its PC embedded controller products with StrongROM ability to identify client devices and "offer a security solution that is more difficult to tamper with than existing implementations," Hollingsworth said.