Atmel Drive Embedded Security by Joining Trusted Computing Group

4/11/2003 - Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a worldwide leader in the development, and fabrication and sale of advanced semiconductors, confirms that it is a member of the recently announced Trusted Computing Group (TCG). AMD, HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft formed the TCG to continue to drive embedded trust and security more effectively into computing platforms. TCG will include members from a cross-section of the computing industry dedicated to increasing security without compromising functional integrity, privacy or individual rights. Atmel welcomes continued participation in the evolved TCG organization. Atmel has shipped millions of TCPA-compliant security chips, known as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), enabling more secure data storage, online business practices and online commerce transactions.

In an e-business world, secure operating environments are essential. Recent reports estimate that cyber crime losses to the business community are estimated to be more than $1.6 trillion a year worldwide. A computer hacker recently gained access to 2.2 million MasterCard® international accounts and approximately 3.4 million Visa® USA cardholder accounts, according to those companies. Atmel is committed to developing security solutions that can be the foundation for solid protection against these kinds of attacks.

"As a long time provider of sophisticated embedded security solutions for the PC market, Atmel's participation in the TCG will help advance the reality of trusted computing," says Jim Ward, chairman, Trusted Computing Group.

"We believe that TCG has a very bright future as a leading industry standard for low-cost embedded security applicable to a variety of platforms," said Kevin Schutz, Product Manager - Secured Products for Atmel Corp. "Atmel has been a leader in the TCPA organization since its inception, and we see TCG as a means for driving the vision of embedded security to wider spread adoption, helping make trusted computing a reality."

The TCG standard specifies a key component called a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, which serves as the basic hardware component for Trusted Platforms. Atmel's TPMs bring hardware-based encryption to computing platforms, enabling enhanced data security and the protection of user digital secrets. And, as turnkey implementations of the TCG specification, their use in a system requires less engineering effort than any other security solution. The TPM forms a security foundation for both hardware and pre-operating system environments. Platforms integrating TPMs can improve the level of security for many popular applications today, such as protected data and secure communications, while improving a user's computing infrastructure for exciting new security applications in the future.

About Atmel
About Atmel Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, bipolar SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies. Atmel's product information may be retrieved at

About TCG
The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) will develop open building blocks and common interfaces for multiple computing platforms, including PCs, personal digital assistants and servers. For more information go to see

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