Security software company Wave Systems said has signed an agreement with Intel to bundle Wave's Embassy Trust Suite software with a future Intel desktop motherboard.
The company said the agreement would accelerate efforts to develop so-called "trusted computing" technology, which promises to increase the security of data stored on computer hard drives using a combination of hardware- and software-based security technology.
A cross-industry standards body, the Trusted Computing Group, was formed to create open specifications for trusted computing hardware and software that can be used on many platforms including PCs, servers, PDAs and digital phones.
The deal will put Wave Systems' Embassy (Embedded Application Security System) software on a future Intel motherboard platform scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2003, according to John Callahan, vice-president of marketing and communications at Wave Systems.
Embassy is a hardware- and software-based technology that can be used for secure transaction processing and other data encryption functions on PCs, handheld computers and other devices.
In exchange for using Wave Systems technology, Intel will pay the company a royalty fee on each motherboard sold with the Embassy software.
Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service