AMD partners with ARM to improve PC Security on hardware level

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), world’s renowned maker of microprocessor chips is partnering with the UK-based chip maker ARM to build a platform security processor using the ARM’s Cortex-A5 TrustZone technology.

The future chip would work towards aligning both AMD x86- and ARM-based hardware with an industry standard security solution that spans multiple processor architectures and helps accelerate broader ecosystem support,” AMD said in a release.

AMD partners with ARM to improve PC Security on hardware level amd intel

The two companies said they plan to incorporate ARM’s TrustZone security technology into AMD microprocessors starting next year.

TrustZone, which is ARM’s established security system, is the dominant security technology for smartphones and tablets.

The move aims to counteract Intel’s acquisition of Mcafee and its intention to improve computer security on hardware level. Here’s why Intel bought McAfee.

Intel had said that it intended to incorporate McAfee’s security technology into its computer processor chips.

ARM is the dominant source of low-power processor chips that control smartphones. It licenses its basic low-power designs to other companies, including Samsung Electronics, that make the chips.

The alliance with AMD would give ARM’s technology a presence in personal computers and eventually servers, the workhorse computers that run Internet data centers. However, it’ll still take a while to see the products with security intelligence built in. The expected roll out is in 2013-2014.

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