SOURCE: Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

January 23, 2007 13:58 ET

Infineon First to Release Windows Vista-Ready TPM v1.2 Management Suite for Simple Manageability of Trusted Platforms in Enterprise Environments

MUNICH, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- Infineon Technologies (NYSE: IFX) (FRANKFURT: IFX ), a leading supplier of integrated circuits and supporting software for secure computing and communications devices, announced availability of a new software suite version for management of computers using Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) in enterprise environments. Together with the currently shipping Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2, the TPM Professional Package builds a comprehensive and Windows Vista-ready secure solution compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG) 1.2 specification.

The TPM Professional Package v3.0 features a wide range of secure management capabilities enabling system administrators in enterprise and SOHO (Small Office/ Home Office) environments to securely manage TPM-enabled desktops and notebooks, including setting policies, handling backup and restore, and securely migrating critical protected information from one TPM to another. The Infineon solution, which already supports several available operating systems, such as Windows® 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, etc., is now Windows Vista-ready as a result of a close cooperation with Microsoft.

The Infineon TPM v1.2 solution simplifies customer data protection through support of Microsoft's BitLocker™ Drive Encryption. PC manufacturers benefit from the complete Infineon TPM hardware and software offering since it secures all core components of a security subsystem used for authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of stored data.

Integrated onto the motherboard of a stationary or mobile PC, the TPM helps shield the stored data against unauthorized access and improves the system integrity. This enables more secure data storage, secure online business information exchange and online commerce transactions while protecting privacy. The Infineon TPM is the industry's smallest for this type of device in a 9.7 mm x 4.4 mm package and it is also suitable for integration on mobile devices mainboards, such as handheld computers and PDAs.

"Security is one of the core driving factors for Windows Vista deployments since many of our customers are looking at the early adoption of Windows Vista due to its numerous security enhancements and functionality. As part of a myriad of pre-boot authentication options, BitLocker™ Drive Encryption leverages TPM 1.2 technology to bring data protection security value to users," said David B. Cross, director of program management for Windows security at Microsoft Corporation. "The Infineon TPM solution complements the increased security features of Windows Vista and provides significant value-add to our mutual customers."

"Meeting the security needs of our business PC customers is a priority at HP," said Carol Hess-Nickels, director, worldwide business notebook marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Integrating the Infineon TPM Professional Package as Embedded Security for HP ProtectTools across all of our TPM-enabled platforms provides customers with more secure protection of data and credentials. And with Infineon's support for Vista, customers will have access to a broader range of features designed to help keep their most sensitive data safe."

"As a technology leader in security, we are shipping the Infineon TPM Professional Package across all Fujitsu notebooks and selected desktops," said Yasushi Ashikaga, general manager of personal systems business unit for Fujitsu Limited. "We chose the Infineon solution because of the manageability features for enterprise and Vista-readiness, combined with the high-security standard that are critical features for our notebook customers."

The TPM Professional Package is also shipping in desktops and notebooks for several other brands including Epson Direct Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Sony Corporation, Sotec Co., Ltd, and others.

US market research company IDC predicts approximately 50 million TPMs to be sold in 2006, mainly in business desktops and notebooks. IDC anticipates the TPM market to increase to more than 250 million pieces in 2010. This equals an attach rate of more than 90 percent of all notebooks and desktops.

"Building on its strengths, Infineon provides the basis for privacy and protection of information as well as increased user comfort," said Peter Bauer, member of the management board and president for the Automotive Industrial and Multimarket business group at Infineon Technologies. "With an increased awareness for security, Infineon is determined to raise the bar for security and be a leader in this growing market."

Technical Details for the Infineon Professional Package v3.0 and TPM 1.2 (SLB 9635 TT 1.2) for Safer Computing

Infineon provides the highest possible performance for TPM systems consisting of secure hardware and complete system software and application software.

The TPM Professional Package v3.0 features application and management functionalities such as backup and restore as well as migration of secrets, policy settings and password handling. It supports multiple operating systems and specifically Microsoft's new operating system Windows Vista, in both its 32- and 64-bit versions. The multi-language solution provides management functions optimized for use in enterprise environments with central administration of TPM-enabled PCs and notebooks. Additionally, multiple applications are supported such as WLAN security file and folder encryption.

Infineon's TPM v1.2 is based on the company's proven family of 16-bit security controllers which was developed for use in high-security chip card applications. To securely store keys and passwords, the Infineon TPM offers state-of-the-art security features, such as an active shielding that sends a continuous stream of random data over the surface of the chip. Apart from active shielding, the chip features a true random number generator (RNG), hardware accelerated RSA crypto algorithms with key lengths of up to 2,048 bit and hash algorithms (where a document, file or computer drive is assigned a unique, cryptographically protected checksum which can be used to recognize manipulation), as required by the Trusted Computing Group specification.

Infineon's TPM has started the process to pass the world's strictest security evaluations for hardware security conducted according to internationally accepted standards and to achieve the industry's highest rating for digital security, the Common Criteria EAL 4+ (evaluation assurance level four plus).


The Infineon TPM Professional Package is available to desktop and notebook manufacturers now.

More information on the Infineon TPM solution is available at

About TCG Specifications

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG), with more than 100 member companies, is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define, and promote open standards for hardware-enabled trusted computing and security technologies, including hardware building blocks and software interfaces, across multiple platforms, peripherals, and devices. TCG specifications will enable more secure computing environments without compromising functional integrity, privacy, or individual rights. The primary goal is to help users protect their information assets (data, passwords, keys, etc.) from compromise due to external software attack and physical theft.

The Group was formed as a successor to the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), which was founded in 1999 by Compaq, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. TCG has adopted the specifications of TCPA and will both enhance these specifications and extend the specifications across multiple platforms such as servers, PDAs, and digital phones. Further information on Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is available at

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society including energy efficiency, mobility and security. In fiscal year 2006 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.9 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.8 billion) with approximately 42,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 12,000 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).

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