Atmel Trusted Platform Module Secures Non-PC Embedded Applications

Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced an embedded development kit for CryptoController[tm], Atmel’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for non-PC embedded applications. For the first time, developers will have the ability to easily integrate the security provided by TPMs into embedded designs. This kit 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, for example.

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 utilize 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 utilizing the higher level of security provided by the TPM.

The CryptoController 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. The USB interface provides trouble free connectivity and flexibility. Designers can initiate code development using any PC to build a hardware root of trust in any embedded system.

Availability and Pricing
The CryptoController development kit is available now and is priced at US$99.00.

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