Jon Martindale of Digital Trends recently sat down with Ben Levine, Rambus’ senior director of product management, to discuss the ever-growing importance of designing secure processors in the wake of Meltdown and Spectre.
According to Levine, the semiconductor industry has traditionally maintained a reactive posture to security by waiting for critical vulnerabilities to surface before fixing them. Although there are many reasons for this approach, it is important to note that designing a secure, general-purpose processor has always been a rather challenging proposition.
As Levine point out, this is precisely why the Rambus CryptoManager Root of Trust shifts critical functionality from a complex, general-purpose CPU to a secure core that is siloed from the primary processor. Indeed, the Rambus CryptoManager Root of Trust can be safely tasked with securing encryption keys, validating banking transactions, processing login attempts, storing private information in secure memory and validating that boot records haven’t been corrupted or compromised during startup.
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