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August 30, 2010

Mobile computing goes open

Today infineon was acquired by Intel with $1.4 Billion. The acquire signals that Intel really intends to step into the smart phone chips industry. Beside of this effort, Intel has already started its own Atom processors for smart phone and Netbooks.

We usually pay a lot of attention to the upper level applications, for example, the near one million applications for Android and iPhone. Not much attention was paid to chip level applications.

OpenTC is an open source software running in the low (chip) level used to build the trusted and secure mobile device computing systems. The open initiative was started by European Commission, which also involves many notable companies such as HP (United-Kingdom), IBM (Switzerland), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), IAIK Graz University of Technology (Austria) and SuSE (Germany). Infineon is also involved in this project. It means Intel will also be involved in the project following the acquire.

OpenTC project has made the first proof concept of release, which you can download from the website. It also has comprehensive documentation. With the advancement of mobile computation, OpenTC project will gain a more popularity. In a word, relative to the private trusted computing standard, the open trusted computing system can be more easily adopted and bridged across different mobile computing companies.

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