EETimes meldt dat Intel software ontwikkelt waarmee notebooks tegen oneigenlijk gebruik beschermd kunnen worden. Deze 'Proctected Access Architecture' treedt in werking voordat Windows (of elk ander OS?) geboot wordt:
The Intel Protected Access Architecture involves systems software that will demand user authentication before the Windows operating system will boot up on a notebook computer, said Frank Spindler, director of marketing for Intel's mobile computing group. A wide variety of third-party security device makers will support the software, Spindler said, including Veridicom Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), which makes a fingerprint recognition module. Spindler struggled with a demo of the software using Veridicom's fingerprint-recognition device, but managed to get the program to work after repeated attempts.
Notebook makers are beginning to add security devices like fingerprint-recognition subsystems to their units, which is creating a systems integration issue that Intel's software is meant to address. BIOS vendor Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and security device maker Rainbow Technologies will also support the software.