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Trusted Platform Module development kit

12 November 2008 Design Automation

Atmel launched an embedded development kit for CryptoController, Atmel’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for non-PC embedded applications.

This provides developers with the ability to integrate the security provided by TPMs into embedded designs and simplifies code development for communicating with CryptoController, providing a jumpstart for embedded developers who have little or no experience with TPMs.

Historically, TPMs – microcontrollers that store keys, passwords and digital certificates – have been implemented in PC environments, driven by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) specifications. The need for higher levels of security has now moved beyond the PC space and includes multifunction printers, gaming, and networking, amongst others.

The CryptoController kit simplifies embedded system code development for communicating with a TPM. Previously, developers had to have a detailed understanding of trusted platform technology in order to incorporate it into their designs. Now, this kit provides easy to use examples of how to configure and utilise the TPM in the developer’s own application. Basic TPM functionality is demonstrated, and source code is provided to enable developers to quickly implement their own security applications utilising the higher level of security provided by the TPM.

The development kit includes a small TPM SMBus module board mounted on an AT90USBKEY board; a standard A to mini B USB device cable; a mini A to receptacle A USB host adapter; 9 volt battery alternate supply cable; and USB Flash drive containing documentation and demonstration software.

For more information contact Simon Churches, Arrow Altech Distribution, +27 (0)11 923 9600, schurches@arrow.altech.co.za, www.arrow.altech.co.za



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