Lenovo has announced that its new ThinkPad notebooks will integrate OPTIGA TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips by Infineon Technologies.
ThinkPad notebooks based on the 6 th Generation Intel Core Processor family will use Infineon’s OPTIGA TPM SLB 9670 chip which is designed to increase the data security of laptops and tablet PCs.
Users of Lenovo laptops and tablet PCs can store sensitive data such as security keys, certificates and passwords in the TPM chip separately from the main processor and protect them from hackers. The TPM chip complies with the internationally recognized security standards of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).
The China based firm already use Infineon’s embedded Secure Element (eSE) chips for its smartphones Lenovo X3 and Lenovo Vibe P1. The chips protect the security-critical functions of the mobile devices. This includes transfer of sensitive payment credentials when using the phones for contactless payment at points of sale as well as mobile ticketing in public transportation.
In addition to Lenovo, Infineon also supplies its embedded security solution to other industry giants such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Samsung. The OPTIGA product family provides different levels of security for electronic systems. The range comprises complex IT-infrastructures with many servers and computers to single systems consisting of the device and the suitable accessory, such as a MP3 player and headphones. The OPTIGA security chips are embedded in the electronic devices and authenticate the individual elements of the system. As security requirements vary depending on the application, Infineon offers different product families: OPTIGA TPM for example protects system integrity of connected devices and IT networks whereas OPTIGA Trust helps to protect electronic components and replacement parts from product piracy.
The latest IHS report forecasts a sharply rising demand for embedded security solutions (Embedded Digital Security Report 2016). Overall, the total market volume is expected to increase from 1.36 billion units in 2015 to nearly 2 billion units in 2020. This growth is driven primarily by the Internet of Things. Based on 2014 figures, IHS acknowledges Infineon as leader in embedded security with a market share of more than 31 percent in terms of unit shipments.