Microsoft has unveiled a new chip design. According to company representatives, it will usher in a new era of Windows PC security.
Microsoft partners with chip giants Intel, AMD and Qualcomm to announce the Microsoft Pluton security processor. It will be embedded directly into the CPU, not the current Trusted Platform Module. TPM has long been used to store hardware and cryptographic keys.
This technology builds on the security approach Microsoft launched nearly a decade ago for its Xbox gaming consoles. A popular gaming system is a rare example of a popular product that has been extremely successful in protecting against hackers. The same principles were applied to Microsoft’s Azure Sphere IoT service, which, along with the Xbox, helped the company improve its line of defense against intruders.
Pluton marks another milestone for Microsoft, which in 2018 pledged to upgrade its processors for better security following the discovery of potentially catastrophic Specter and Meltdown flaws. These vulnerabilities have compromised virtually every computer chip produced in the past 20 years.
The hackers took advantage of the weak links between the TPM and the CPU.
Pluton will store all sensitive data in the processor itself, isolating user credentials, encryption keys, and all personal information from all other computer equipment. This will provide “unprecedented levels of security” for Windows users, Microsoft said.
The release date for the new processor has not yet been set.