Broadcom Corporation, a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has introduced a new family of secure applications processors, including a processor to integrate trusted platform module and radio frequency identification technology.
According to Broadcom, the new product family is designed for laptop/desktop computers, point-of-sale terminals and consumer electronic devices, protecting against corporate data loss, unauthorized network access, personal identity theft and credit card fraud.
The company said that it has introduced a new family of secure applications processors consisting of the Broadcom BCM5880 and BCM5892. The company claims that this family of secure applications processors provides an isolated processing environment that is separate from the primary/host system. Its architecture integrates an on-chip ‘vault’ to house credentials and process all secure transactions rather than run secure applications on the main system processor, which is exposed (and a high risk) to tampering and theft.
Joseph Wallace, senior director of security processor line of business at Broadcom, said: Whether it’s enterprise or consumer applications, the challenge is putting security measures in place that protect data, are easily managed and do not hinder end user productivity. If a security solution becomes too complex and burdensome, users simply will not use it. Our new family of secure applications processors provides high levels of integration, coupled with a secure architecture, to deliver security solutions optimized for the PC and point-of-sale markets.