Munich, Germany – April, 4 2016 – The new Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks will be equipped with OPTIGA TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips by Infineon Technologies AG. The world’s leading PC manufacturer thus responds to an increase of networking and associated security risks. In recent years, Lenovo has sold more than 100 million notebooks from the successful ThinkPad family.
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad notebooks based on the 6th Generation Intel Core Processor family use the OPTIGA TPM SLB 9670 chip which is specifically designed to increase the data security of laptops and tablet PCs. Sensitive data such as security keys, certificates and passwords can be stored in the TPM chip separately from the main processor and are hence better protected against hacker attacks. The TPM chip complies with the internationally recognized security standards of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).
Lenovo already uses 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.
Internet of Things: demand for embedded Security rising sharply
Infineon leads the growing market for embedded security solutions with a market share of more than 31 percent (IHS, Embedded Digital Security Report 2016). Overall, the total market revenue is expected to increase from 708 million US dollars in 2015 to 829 million US dollars in 2020. This growth is driven primarily by the Internet of Things. Today alone, more than 500 million connected devices use security controllers from Infineon.
In addition to Lenovo, Infineon also supplies other industry giants such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Samsung with embedded security. 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.