08-05-2009 05:42 PM
I'm looking to buy an X200 tablet for school this fall, but I'm curious about the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). I'm not a big fan of having TPM on my personal use equipment, thought I do see the advantages in a managed IT infrastructure. According to the maintenance manual there are motherboards available both with and without the "security chip"/TPM feature, but purchasing one separately is a joke (US$1,400 or more) considering the cost of the base unit itself. When customizing a unit on the Lenovo store there is no option for purchasing without a TPM. The tacover.pmd document lists the TPM as being integrated into the ICH9M chip, which is the reason for needing a whole separate motherboard to get a unit without a TPM.
Long story short, is it possible to have Lenovo build me a unit with a non-TPM motherboard?
Thanks in advance.
08-05-2009 08:43 PM
08-06-2009 02:55 AM
in the old days, the TPM chip is comes on a sort of daughterboard that attaches to the main motherboard, and during DIY repairs people like to take them off and misplacing them, which render their motherboard useless.. i guess the integrating the TPM lowers the build cost and lessen the chances that people detaching them physically.
08-07-2009 04:11 AM
08-07-2009 06:42 AM