China's Legend develops PC security technology

Legend Group, China's largest PC maker, is developing technologies which could be used to make computers more secure.

Legend Group, China's largest PC maker, is developing technologies which could be used to make computers more secure.

"We are participating in the development of security technology for computers and we hope this participation can contribute to the standardisation of security technology in China," said Angela Lee, a spokeswoman for the company in Hong Kong.

Legend had been appointed by the Chinese government to draft a national standard for computer security chips which would be used on computer motherboards, according to reports. 

The first draft of the standard is expected to be completed later this year.

Lee said Legend is developing a range of security technologies and "the chip technology is just one part of that".

"Whether or not this technology becomes a standard depends on a lot of external factors," Lee said, explaining that various government organisations would have to agree before the technology could be made a national standard.

PC security chips is the latest in a growing number of technology areas where China's government has sought to develop national standards.

The most prominent - and controversial - of these efforts has been the creation of a national standard for wireless Lans (WLans) which relies on a Chinese-developed security protocol called WLan Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI).

Suppliers are required to have all WLan equipment products sold in China comply with this standard by 1 June.

In addition, foreign companies are required to license the technology from one of 24 Chinese companies that have been granted rights to the technology by China's government.

Various industry groups and senior US government officials have criticised the move and have called on the Chinese government to work out a compromise over the issue.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service

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