ANyone familiar with computer architectures and chips able to answer this question:

That "chip" it likely to be an ASIC or is there already such a thing as a security network processor? (ie, a cheaper network processor that only handles security apps, etc...)

Or could it be an FPGA?


From: "R.A. Hettinga" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Dell to Add Security Chip to PCs
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 15:59:59 -0500


The Wall Street Journal

      February 1, 2005 11:04 a.m. EST

Dell to Add Security Chip to PCs

February 1, 2005 11:04 a.m.

HOUSTON -- Dell Inc. today is expected to add its support to an industry effort to beef up desktop and notebook PC security by installing a dedicated chip that adds security and privacy-specific features, according to people familiar with its plans.

Dell will disclose plans to add the security features known as the Trusted
Computing Module on all its personal computers. Its support comes in the
wake of similar endorsements by PC industry giants Advanced Micro Devices
Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and International Business Machines
Corp. The technology has been promoted by an industry organization called
the Trusted Computing Group.

The company is also expected to unveil new network PCs.

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