Atmel Secures USB Keyboard with Microsoft at WinHEC 2003

5/8/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) Atmel Corporation announced its participation in the Next Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) demonstration at WinHEC 2003 in New Orleans with a secure USB input solution. NGSCB is a new set of secure computing capabilities for a future version of the Microsoft Windows® Operating System. It includes four types of secure computing features-strong process isolation, attestation, sealed storage, and a secure path to and from the user. Leveraging its rich experience in USB input devices and working in collaboration with the NGSCB team at Microsoft, Atmel was able to deliver a prototype of a USB keyboard keyboard at WinHEC that is compatible with Microsoft's specification for the secure path feature in NGSCB.

"We are very pleased to be working with Atmel on the NGSCB development effort," said John Manferdelli, general manager of the Windows Trusted Platform Infrastructure group at Microsoft Corp. "Atmel's commitment to innovating on hardware solutions that will enable new levels of protection is important in helping to meet customer requirements for secure computing in the future."

The Atmel secure USB input solution is an integral part of Atmel's security portfolio ranging from secure memories, to secure microcontrollers and biometrics. "With the proliferation of networked appliances and e-commerce, consumers and enterprises are becoming increasingly concerned with the privacy and the security of their data ", commented Daniel Tjoa, Product Line Director of USB Products at Atmel. "To facilitate further growth of e-commerce, it is imperative for silicon, system and software suppliers to provide highly secure products that ensures the integrity, privacy and authenticity of any user data. Our secure USB input solution is a reflection of Atmel's commitment to various industry security initiatives such as NGSCB."

The Atmel NGSCB-compatible prototype is based on the AT43USB325, an Atmel AVR-based USB keyboard controller in production today. It provides a secure data link between an USB input device and an NGSCB capable PC that prevents attacks by rogue software running on the PC. Atmel will deliver samples of a trusted input device for the NGSCB platform in several months. Pricing will be released at that time.

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, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

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