SOURCE: Wave Systems Corp.

October 14, 2008 10:27 ET

Acer Unveils Line of Business Desktop PCs With Wave Software

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LEE, MA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVX) recently completed a license agreement with Acer, permitting the world's third-largest PC vendor to bundle an OEM edition of its EMBASSY® Trust Suite (ETS) software with Acer's new Veriton™ 670 line of business desktop PCs.

The first shipments of the Acer desktops with ETS are expected to begin this quarter and include a motherboard featuring a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that is integrated with the Intel chipset branded the iTPM. This built-in hardware strengthens PC security and alleviates vulnerabilities found in software security through enhanced capabilities such as safe storage for user credentials and encryption keys. Organizations that leverage Intel's iTPM combined with ETS can quickly and cost-effectively enhance and manage PC security in the following ways:

  Strong authentication: Strengthen authentication to Windows, Virtual
  Private Networks (VPN), wireless networks and secure applications through
  multi-factor authentication, with the option of combining passwords, TPM
  certificates, smart cards and fingerprints.

  Data protection: Access a secure virtual drive from any program to
  encrypt sensitive files and folders using hardware-based encryption
  instead of software-based encryption.

  Password management: Take advantage of speedy access to websites and
  applications with automated features for saving and supplying passwords.
  Passwords are safeguarded by hardware in TPM-secured storage.

In addition, security policies and user settings are consolidated into a single security interface for simplified management. Security wizards assist the user with first time setup, multi-step tasks and adding TPM security to common applications. For enterprises, Wave also offers enhanced management capabilities through its EMBASSY Remote Administration Server and integration with Active Directory, which allows for remote administration of security features of ETS as well as distributed policy management.

Acer will also bundle Wave's ETS on PCs designed for small businesses that do not have a discrete TPM chip or iTPM included on the motherboard. Applications include managing passwords, biometric authentication and file and folder encryption.

"Businesses worldwide are increasingly seeking higher levels of security for their critical information and network access, and leading PC vendors like Acer are addressing these customer demands through hardware," said Brian D. Berger, Wave's executive vice president of marketing & sales. "We look forward to providing Acer customers with the ability to turn on, manage and leverage the Trusted Platform Module with Wave's software to deliver stronger security for their users and better protection for their critical data."

Wave will receive a per-unit royalty based on the shipment volumes to third parties of products equipped with the ETS Acer Computer OEM Edition. However, the license agreement does not provide for guaranteed minimum shipped quantities or royalties.

About Wave Systems

Wave provides software to help solve critical enterprise PC security challenges such as strong authentication, data protection, network access control and the management of these enterprise functions. Wave is a pioneer in hardware-based PC security and a founding member of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a consortium of nearly 140 PC industry leaders that forged open standards for hardware security. Wave's EMBASSY® line of client- and server-side software leverages and manages the security functions of the TCG's industry standard hardware security chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). TPMs are included on tens of millions of PCs and are standard equipment on many enterprise-class PCs shipping today. Using TPMs and Wave software, enterprises can substantially and cost-effectively strengthen their current security solutions. For more information about Wave and its solutions, visit

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