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AMD Announces TrustZone Partnership with ARM

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AMD has announced a unique partnership with ARM that will see AMD incorporate ARM technology into its chips as a method of improving security.

AMD is pouring a lot of energy into its APUs and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. The company this week announced plans to integrate ARM technology into upcoming APUs. 

The partnership will see AMD inject ARM's TrustZone technology into future APUs via a SoC design methodology. AMD is calling it an industry first collaboration and says by adopting "the industry-standard approach to security that TrustZone technology embodies," the two companies will be able to provide a consistent approach to security spanning billions of web-connected devices, be they ARM-based or AMD x86 APU-based.

"As technology becomes more important to our everyday lives, security needs to be present in every single device. The challenge that the industry faces is how to make this a reality," said Ian Drew, executive vice president, strategy, ARM. "Through this technology partnership with AMD, and the broadening of the ARM TrustZone technology ecosystem, we're making another important step towards a solution. The aim is to make security accessible and consistent for consumers and business users across all computing devices."

All of this means that AMD will be adding an ARM processor to some of its upcoming APUs. Specifically, AMD has mentioned the Cortex-A5 CPU. This low-powered processor will work alongside AMD's own cores to run ARM's TrustZone security technology. THE ARM CPU will monitor and help protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level.

AMD said today that it plans to provide development platforms that have TrustZone security features on select APUs in 2013, expanding further across its product portfolio in 2014.

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    sundragon , June 14, 2012 2:13 PM
    Interesting collaboration considering AMD said it's not going to battle Intel on speed anymore.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 2:19 PM
    iam guessing Intel already has this and is not present on x-86 licence and hence they had to get it from somewhere.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 2:20 PM
    It seems like a waste to put an entire ARM CPU on the core to do nothing but trusting execution. They sounds like a complete kluge.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 2:26 PM
    As if anyone needed another reason not to buy AMD hardware. AMD needs to fire this new CEO, he's going to drag them out of business.

    ( okay, starts the flames )
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    eddieroolz , June 14, 2012 2:29 PM
    The diversification of processing accelerates. I think GPGPU was the first step towards this trend, and now thanks to AMD, ARM cores may be complementing a x86 core sooner than we think.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 14, 2012 2:42 PM
    Good, now Intel can kick both of their asses.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 3:06 PM
    Diversification has always been there. That is why they had coprocessors for everything (floating point calcs, video, DA conversions, audio, bus logic, signal processing, etc). What we have now is a unification of those tasks under 1 piece of silicon. The question becomes is this the best solution? 1 silicon do all?
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    Nakal , June 14, 2012 3:22 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomGood, now Intel can kick both of their asses.


    Yeah cause we only want 1 chip manufacturer/designer out there controlling the market. $1000 core i5's anyone?
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    ilysaml , June 14, 2012 3:34 PM
    It's all about mobile market.
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    jimmysmitty , June 14, 2012 3:43 PM
    sam12309iam guessing Intel already has this and is not present on x-86 licence and hence they had to get it from somewhere.


    They do. Since Sandy Bridge, Intels CPUs have a hardware based system that would allow you to wipe your system or even "brick" it if it got stolen to stop theft of sensitive data.

    NakalYeah cause we only want 1 chip manufacturer/designer out there controlling the market. $1000 core i5's anyone?


    Then go tell that to AMDs CEO Rory Reed who doesn't want to truly compete with Intel anymore and also was quoted as saying users have enough CPU power and don't need anymore.

    AMD needs to compete with Intel but if the current CEO does it his way, Intel might just be fighting themselves on the DT and server market.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 5:13 PM
    AMD is competing. I have no idea what people are talking about. This whole trusted execution thing proves that even though it is a kluge. AMD is attacking the mobile market now with Trinity along with the low end desktop market. They realize that they do not have the manufacturing to compete with Intel on the high end (desktop, server, laptop), but they are still keeping prices low by putting out high performing low end parts. The issue with AMD is how late they are. Heck, Intel didn't produce Ivy until April. Had AMD come out with Trinity in 2011 like they were supposed to, we would have super low budget Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge parts that were already reduced. AMD's lateness is what is killing the market. Even desktop Trinity may not be out for the public until late in the Holiday season and only the big vendors will have systems ready for quarter 4 it seems.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 14, 2012 5:16 PM
    NakalYeah cause we only want 1 chip manufacturer/designer out there controlling the market. $1000 core i5's anyone?


    Intel is anyway the only chip manufacturer/designer who controls the market. Yet Core i5 costs $200-220.
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    Nakal , June 14, 2012 6:07 PM
    AMD still provides solid competition in the low/mid range sectors of the market. This keeps i5's relatively cheap. Yes it sucks AMD does not compete on the high end, but not having them at all would raise prices. Look at prices of Intel chips before the Athlon.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my i7 processor, but even some competition is a good thing.
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    meltbox360 , June 14, 2012 7:41 PM
    jimmysmittyThey do. Since Sandy Bridge, Intels CPUs have a hardware based system that would allow you to wipe your system or even "brick" it if it got stolen to stop theft of sensitive data.Then go tell that to AMDs CEO Rory Reed who doesn't want to truly compete with Intel anymore and also was quoted as saying users have enough CPU power and don't need anymore.AMD needs to compete with Intel but if the current CEO does it his way, Intel might just be fighting themselves on the DT and server market.


    vPro has been around much longer than sandy bridge. I believe what you are talking about is what vPro does. Is that even what its called? I know it had pro in the name...
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    killabanks , June 14, 2012 9:16 PM
    price for performance AMD is still crown
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    the_brute , June 15, 2012 12:36 AM
    Intel just bought McAfee and have already stated their security future, AMD kinda got screwed without the money to "buyout" a security company. But I see more than just security in the future between x86/arm/GPU.

    AND Intel is a monster. Intel makes more PROFIT than AMD and VIA has in revenue. So please stop with the AMD is dead they won’t make a I7 competitor. Dumping their “puny” millions into having the fastest product isnt good for them, or us. They let Intel do it and Intel loses $ on it. The I5 and I3 and lower is where they make their billions. AMD cant brute force their process. The fact that they have been able to keep up, and have several miracle pushing them above Intel shows that they aren’t dying.
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    A Bad Day , June 15, 2012 1:49 AM
    NakalYeah cause we only want 1 chip manufacturer/designer out there controlling the market. $1000 core i5's anyone?


    On the bright side, there's money to be made by investing in Intel...
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    optimuscream , June 15, 2012 2:46 AM
    Is that mean in the near future , we can play Crysis 2/3 in our gadget ?
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    triny , June 15, 2012 5:41 AM
    AMD knows that the fastest cpu doesn't sell
    what sells is cheap and offering what people really want
    for every kook who buys a 1000$ Intel cpu there is a million people clamoring for a cheap solution.
    If Intel fails to board the HSA wagon eventually their parts will be 5000$ each as they scrape the barrel of multi core cpu design trying to keep up with HSA.
    progress waits for no one
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    bloc97 , June 16, 2012 1:18 PM
    optimuscreamIs that mean in the near future , we can play Crysis 2/3 in our gadget ?

    Why would you play crysis 3 on your watch?
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