Security: Powerguard SSD

In an industrial environment data loss is often a critical point. If you can’t rely on a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for reasons of cost or space, there’s a new possibility to provide more security: with so-called Powerguard SSDs.

SSDs with the Powerguard function operate with integrated tantalum capacitors which are permanently charged with 12 volts. In case of an unexpected blackout, the SSD can act as a kind of UPS. The power in the SSD is maintained until all memory processes are completed and the data is saved. Due to this, Powerguard prevents data loss and ensures more security. This is interesting for critical applications in an industrial environment as well as networking and server technology, but also for mobile and in-vehicle solutions.

Powerguard SSD now available at spo-comm

This UPS technology was developed by the storage manufacturer Cervoz, which now offers Powerguard SSDs and mSATAs in various sizes. From now on spo-comm offers a 128 GB Powerguard SSD as a choice for all Mini-PCs in the product range. Other sizes are available upon request.

##Discover Mini-PCs with Powerguard SSD

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The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a chip that is integrated into many systems and offers more security. It is used primarily in PCs, notebooks, mobile phones, but also in entertainment electronics. A device with TPM, adapted operating system and suitable software is called trusted computing platform (abbr.: TC platform).

What are the advantages of TPM?

The advantages of TPM are security and encryption as well as the identification of devices. For example, each chip contains a unique cryptographic key by which the computer can be identified – only if the owner allows reading it out.
In addition, cryptographic keys can be stored in the TPM in order to save encrypted data outside of the TPM. The keys are generated, used and securely stored within the TPM, so they are protected against software attacks. Other benefits include better licensing and data protection. The owner of the system can sign data to prove his origin. In addition, changes to the system can be detected using the TPM that have been made for example by malicious programs or by users.

What keys are used in the TPM?

The Endorsement Key (EK) is an RSA key pair (the abbreviation RSA stands for the three mathematicians Rivest, Shamier and Adleman, who developed this cryptographic method) and is specifically assigned to each TPM. The key length is 2048 bits. The RSA key pair consists of a private key that never leaves the TPM and decrypts or signs data, as well as a public key used to encrypt and check signatures. The key can be created outside of the TPM and can also be deleted and re-created.

The Storage Root Key (SRK) is created when an admin or user takes over the systems, that means, that the owner of the computer changes. The SRK is also an RSA key with a length of 2048 bits. As the name implies, the SRK is the root of the TPM key tree as it encrypts other keys used.

The Attestation Identity Keys (AIKs) are RSA keys with a length of 2048 bits. They are created using the Endorsement Keys and protect the privacy of the user. The AIKs can somehow be seen as a pseudonym for the EK, so that is can remain anonymous.

How can TPM be used?

The TPM chip, which is integrated into the hardware, is of course crucial for the use of TPM. This is partly inherently on the motherboard; alternatively the module can often be optionally installed, if a TPM header is present. However, the right software is required in order to use TPM. To protect the software from easy manipulation, a secure operating system such as Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is recommended.

Which spo-comm Mini-PCs offer TPM?

In the spo-comm systems spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced, spo-book NOVA CUBE Q87 and spo-book BOX N2930, a TPM chip is actually integrated (TPM 1.2). The successor of the spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced will be released in the third quarter of 2017 and will include the new TPM 2.0, which was published in 2014. In addition, TPM can be optionally installed in the systems spo-book TURO Q87, spo-book EXPANDED Q170 and spo-book NINETEEN Q170.

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Security: What is TPM?

Whoever works with sensitive data every day, tries to secure them as good as possible. One way to encrypt data is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). In the first article of our new series about security, we will explain what this is all about.
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SSDs with the Powerguard function operate with integrated tantalum capacitors which are permanently charged with 12 volts. In case of an unexpected blackout, the SSD can act as a kind of UPS. The power in the SSD is maintained until all memory processes are completed and the data is saved. Due to this, Powerguard prevents data loss and ensures more security. This is interesting for critical applications in an industrial environment as well as networking and server technology, but also for mobile and in-vehicle solutions.

Powerguard SSD now available at spo-comm

This UPS technology was developed by the storage manufacturer Cervoz, which now offers Powerguard SSDs and mSATAs in various sizes. From now on spo-comm offers a 128 GB Powerguard SSD as a choice for all Mini-PCs in the product range. Other sizes are available upon request.

##Discover Mini-PCs with Powerguard SSD

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Security: Powerguard SSD

In an industrial environment data loss is often a critical point. If you can’t rely on a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for reasons of cost or space, there’s a new possibility to provide more security: with so-called Powerguard SSDs.
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SSD trends of the Computex: TLC and M.2

PCIe instead of SATA – this trend was clearly visible at this year’s Computex in Taipei. As manufacturers are not making any progress on the speed of SATA SSDs, the future lies with the much faster PCIe SSDs like M.2. In addition, the IT fair has shown, that cheaper SSDs are now increasingly using TLC memory with 3 bits per cell.

More options for vehicle computing: New accessories for the MOVE series

From now on, spo-comm offers even more accessories for the two current vehicle PCs spo-book MOVE QM87 and spo-book MOVE N3160: A GPS module for navigation and geolocation as well as a CAN bus for special vehicle applications.

Turbo clocking at 15 watts TDP: Intel i-8000

Another innovation introduced at Computex is a quad-core processor of the Intel Core i-8000 generation. The special thing about it: With a TDP (thermal design power) of just 15 watts, turbo clock speeds of up to 4 GHz are to be achieved. The i7 CPU is scheduled to come onto the market in the fall of 2017, delivering up to 30 percent more speed than the competing Core i7-7500U processor of the current Kaby Lake generation.

Individual branding: Customizing package for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

In order to make the most of the benefits of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, spo-comm will soon offer a customizing package. This allows the adjustment of the operating system, so that you can appear as a manufacturer of the Mini-PC with your own logo, OEM information such as company name, website and telephone number, customized login screen and much more. The image, which has been adapted to your needs, is then safely stored with us and can be installed for future orders.

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What’s new? SSD trends, Intel i-8000 and branding for Windows 10 IoT

SSD manufacturers rely more and more on PCIe instead of SATA and Intel has introduced a new CPU of the Core i-8000 generation. In addition to these news of the Computex, we have also new stuff at spo-comm: more accessories for the MOVE series and a customizing package for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.