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Intel Chip to Feature Hard-Wired Security

IN BRIEF / TECHNOLOGY

April 13, 2004|From Associated Press

The next generation of Intel Corp. microprocessors for cellphones and hand-held computers will include hard-wired security features that can enforce copy protection and help prevent hackers from wreaking havoc on wireless networks.

Intel's PXA27x processors, announced at a conference in Taiwan, contain a security "engine" that's on the same piece of silicon but separated from the area where general processing takes place. The engine also has access to secure memory.

With Intel's new chips, cellphone makers and carriers can guarantee a greater, hardware-based level of security for customers who use the devices to access corporate networks or need to lock down information.

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