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Intel All Set to Acquire Smart Edge Platform from Pivot Technology

"Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot's core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel's advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform," said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot

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Intel on Wednesday unveiled eight additional 10th Gen Intel Core processors for modern laptop computing.
Intel on Wednesday unveiled eight additional 10th Gen Intel Core processors for modern laptop computing. Pixabay

In a bid to strengthen its position in 5G edge computing market, Intel is all set to acquire the Smart Edge platform from Canada’s Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., an IT infrastructure and service provider.

Edge computing is an opportunity that is accelerating with the rollout of 5G networks.

Smart Edge is a Cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC).

With Smart Edge, enterprises and communications service providers can enable Cloud-like services closer to the user on the customer-premise or network edge.

“This transaction enhances our ability to address the 5G network transformation with a leading position in edge computing,” Dan Rodriguez, Intel Vice President in the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Compute Division, said in a statement.

“We plan to take full advantage of our combined technologies and teams to accelerate the development of the edge computing market while creating a compelling solution for customers,” Rodriguez said.

10th Gen mobile PC chips
The lineup also includes Intel’s first 6-core processor in the U-series, faster CPU frequencies, faster memory interfaces and the industry-redefining connectivity with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and broader scaling of Thunderbolt. Pixabay

For enterprises and service providers, Smart Edge enables new opportunities and revenue streams while reducing the total cost of ownership for intelligent edge solutions.

For example, retailers could deploy new personalised and location-aware in-store experiences or factories could combine 5G, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) near the edge to drive greater operational efficiencies.

Approximately 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG) when the transaction closes, which is expected in the coming weeks, Intel said.

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Also, as a part of this acquisition, Intel and Pivot will sign a Preferred Partner Agreement, which identifies Pivot as an authorised Smart Edge reseller and Intel’s non-exclusive Preferred Systems Integrator for Smart Edge-based edge services solutions.

“Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot’s core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel’s advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform,” said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot. (IANS)

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Researchers Discover Serious Security Issues in Computer Chips Made by Intel

Once discovered, the flaws were reported to the chipmakers by the WPI researchers, who also have described the flaws in a paper

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The chipmaker Intel announced earlier this year that more than 1 billion ST33 chips have been sold. Wikimedia Commons

An international team of researchers has discovered serious security vulnerabilities in computer chips made by chip giant Intel and Geneva-based semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics that has affected billions of laptop, server, tablet and desktop users globally.

The two vulnerabilities, which have now been addressed, would have allowed hackers to employ timing side-channel attacks to steal cryptographic keys that are supposed to remain safely inside the chips.

The recovered keys could be used to compromise a computer’s operating system, forge digital signatures on documents, and steal or alter encrypted information.

The flaws are located in TPMs, or trusted platform modules, which are specialized, tamper-resistant chips that computer manufacturers have been deploying in nearly all laptops, smartphones and tablets for the past 10 years.

“If hackers had taken advantage of these flaws, the most fundamental security services inside the operating system would have been compromised,” said Berk Sunar, professor of electrical and computer engineering and leader of Vernam Lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

“This chip is meant to be the root of trust. If a hacker gains control of that, they’ve got the keys to the castle,” Sunar warned.

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An international team of researchers has discovered serious security vulnerabilities in computer chips made by chip giant Intel and Geneva-based semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics that has affected billions of laptop, server, tablet and desktop users globally. Pixabay

Following an international security standard, TPMs are used to secure encryption keys for hardware authentication and cryptographic keys, including signature keys and smart card certificates.

Pushing the security down to the hardware level offers more protection than a software-only solution and is required by some core security services.

WPI security researchers Sunar and Daniel Moghimi led an international team of researchers that discovered these two serious security vulnerabilities.

One of the flaws the WPI team discovered is in Intel’s TPM firmware, or fTPM–software that runs in the Security and Management Engine in processors the company has produced since it launched its Haswell processor in 2013.
Haswell CPUs are used in the popular Core i3, i5, and i7 family of processors.

The second flaw is in STMicroelectronics’ TPM.

Notably, the STMicroelectronics’ vulnerability is in a chip that has received a strong industry-recognized security certification from “Common Criteria” — a highly acknowledged security stamp of approval based on international specifications designed to ensure technology meets high security standards preferred in industrial and government deployments.

The WPI researchers worked with Thomas Eisenbarth, a professor of IT security at the University of Lubeck in Germany, and Nadia Heninger from University of California, San Diego.

Once discovered, the flaws were reported to the chipmakers by the WPI researchers, who also have described the flaws in a paper to be presented at the “29th USENIX Security Symposium” in Boston next August.

“We provided our analysis tools and results to Intel and STMicroelectronics and both companies worked with us to create a patch or make sure a security patch will be provided for the next generation of these devices,” said Moghimi.

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The two vulnerabilities, which have now been addressed, would have allowed hackers to employ timing side-channel attacks to steal cryptographic keys that are supposed to remain safely inside the Intel chips. Wikimedia Commons

Moghimi explained that if hackers gained access to the Intel software, they could forge digital signatures, enabling them to alter, delete, or steal information.

The research team discovered another flaw in the STMicroelectronics’ TPM, which is based on the company’s popular ST33 chip.

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The chipmaker announced earlier this year that more than 1 billion ST33 chips have been sold. (IANS)