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What is a TPM Connector?

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September 29, 2009 12:19:40 AM

Hello everyone!

Long time reader, first time poster...

I recently got an MSI 790FX-GD70 and have gotten a respectable system built up. Looking to improve it, I noticed that there is a set of pins in the lower right corner designated TPM Connector.

My searchs revealed that TPM typically means trusted platform module. How would this be used? Is there a chip plugged in or is it a device that connects?

Just curious.


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a b V Motherboard
September 29, 2009 3:42:15 AM

"Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is both the name of a published specification detailing a microcontroller that can store secured information, as well as the general name of implementations of that specification. The TPM provides the ability for a PC desktop or notebook to run applications more securely and to perform electronic transactions and communication more safely."

a b V Motherboard
September 29, 2009 2:47:28 PM

I believe BitLocker on Win 7 could use it if it is available.

The TPM would be mostly utilized by applications that require or are related to security, such as encryption/decryption, and authentication.