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AMD partners with ARM to secure online transactions with TrustZone technology

The collaboration enables secure computing experiences and expands the security ecosystem

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconducter firm AMD has partnered with chip maker ARM to build a platform security processor using ARM’s Cortex-A5 TrustZone technology which will provide consumers and businesses with secure access to their content and worry-free online transactions.

Under the deal AMD will integrate ARM TrustZone technology into future Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) via a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology.

Under the deal, AMD will incorporate an ARM-based processor to its computer chipsets alongside its own x86-based CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) technology.

0The two companies will adopt the TrustZone technology’s security approach to provide a consistent approach to security to Internet-connected mobile devices, tablets, PCs and servers, whether they are powered by ARM processor-based applications or AMD x86 APUs.

AMD senior vice president and chief information officer Mike Wolfe said, "With AMD’s support for and inclusion in, the expanding TrustZone ecosystem, consumers and businesses can rest assured their data and content are secured by an industry-standard security solution that spans a multitude of devices and operating systems."

ARM TrustZone technology, a system-wide approach to security, is a key component of the ARM architecture and will be integrated into the ARM Cortex-A processor series.

AMD said it plans to provide development platforms that have TrustZone security features on select APUs in 2013, expanding further across its product portfolio in 2014.

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Wolfe said the company’s vision is to advance computing security by enhancing AMD’s existing security technologies.

"This is expected to include developing a platform security processor using an ARM Cortex-A5 CPU that features TrustZone technology, to monitor and help protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level," Wolfe added.

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