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What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2007-12-12, 17:53 PM
One of the drivers that I saw was for the Atmel Trusted Platform Management module on the laptop.  However, I'm not sure what this module is or what it does?  How does this TPM module work?
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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2007-12-12, 19:14 PM
The Atmel TPM is mostly used for security applications.  The TPM can encrypt and store keys as well.  A few common applications include Lenovo's Client Security and Vista's EFS Bit Locker File Encryption.
 
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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2007-12-13, 23:29 PM
hhhmmm.... so I guess Windows XP would not be able to utilize this much unless I were in an enterprise environment?
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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2007-12-17, 1:58 AM
If you are using our Password Manager software and you have the TPM chip active, it can secure your password bank using the TPM chip which is more secure.
 
Depending on which version of Client Security Software you have installed, you might have Private Disk installed which can be a secure area for your files and folders also encrypted with the TPM chip.
 
Also, if you want to securely encrypt your Rescue & Recovery Backups using the TPM chip as well.
 
That said, I do not have my chip activated.
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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2008-04-06, 22:22 PM
mko_hut-
 
Does Client Security Solution 8.0  utilize Private Disk on  the T61 model?  If so, do you have any answer for this issue:
 
Thanks.
 
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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2009-12-10, 2:12 AM

Question?  If I disable it, will that provide a longer battery life???  

and in order to reach max battery life, which other hardware I can disable???

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Re: What is the Atmel TPM Module Used For?

2010-05-11, 18:40 PM

I don't have my chip activated either, but I do use password manager.  I was just updating my system with all the latest drivers, and I see that the Atmel TPM device doesn't have any entry in the Device Driver Matrix, and by searching on Atmel TPM I can find the driver Version 3.0.0.15, but this appears to be the latest and greatest, and while it mentions Vista and XP there is no mention of Windows 7, as there is in many other drivers.

 

So I am wondering....if I ever were to want to use Windows 7 on this machine does that not use or require a driver for the Atmel TPM device?

 

Also on the page where you can download this Version 3.0.0.15, there is a link which says:

 

Additional information
Click here to download the latest version of Client Security Software.

Which takes you here:


http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-46391

 

and here is says:

ThinkVantage Client Security Solution 8.21
 
Consider the following before installing this code:
Client Security Solution 8.21 is only compatible with Rescue and Recovery 4.0 or later. Client Security Solution 8.2 can be over-installed on Client Security Solution 8.1, however for earlier versions refer to the sections below for instructions to install.

 

Does this mean that somehow the Client Security Solution software is superceding or replacing the software for the Atmel TPM chip?

 

I do notice that according to my Add/Remove Programs (I have upgraded.... I mean "downgraded" to XP) there is an entry for Client Security Password Manager, which says I have installed Version 8.20.0023.00

 

So my additional questions are:

 

Have I installed the entire Client Security Solution or only the Password Manager component of it?

 

If I were to upgrade to this Client Security Solution 8.21 or 8.2, what do they mean by "only compatible with Rescue and Recovery 4.0 or later"?  I don't have Rescue and Recovery installed I think, as I certainly would not want to revert ever to the factory configuration.  I have another imaging solution which I use to save images of my system periodically for use if I ever have to do a bare metal restoration.  So if I do have the entire Client Security Solution 8.20 installed (as opposed to the Password Manager component only, what are the ramifications of my not having Rescue and Recovery installed?

 

In the Productivity Center, under "Security, Protection, and Recovery" I have only entries that say:

 

Manage Passwords

Protect my Hard Drive

 

Thanks for any advice you can provide about this!

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