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Microsoft builds new security chip Pluton processor for future Windows PCs

Microsoft builds new security chip Pluton processor for future Windows PCs
The Siliconreview
18 November, 2020

Microsoft with its biggest silicon partners are announcing a new vision for Windows security to help ensure its customers is protected today and in the future. In collaboration with leading silicon partners AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the firm is announcing the Microsoft Pluton security processor. This chip-to-cloud security technology, pioneered in Xbox and Azure Sphere, will bring even more security advancements to future Windows PCs and signals the beginning of a journey with ecosystem and OEM partners.

The company’s aim for the future of Windows PCs is security at the very core, built into the CPU, where hardware and software are tightly integrated in a unified approach designed to eliminate entire vectors of attack. This revolutionary security processor design will make it significantly more difficult for attackers to hide beneath the operating system, and improve the ability to guard against physical attacks, prevent the theft of credential and encryption keys, and provide the ability to recover from software bugs.

The Pluton design removes the potential for that communication channel to be attacked by building security directly into the CPU. Windows PCs using the Pluton architecture will first emulate a TPM that works with the existing TPM specifications and APIs, which will allow customers to immediately benefit from enhanced security for Windows features that rely on TPMs like BitLocker and System Guard.