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Re: Intel killed the smart ID-card

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren@telia.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 21:09:14 +0200
Message-ID: <02dc01c4218a$d0395c00$0500a8c0@arport>
To: "Steve Parker" <sparker@well.com>, <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
To begin with 99.9% of the target users don't see a difference between a Java card and a mobile phone in terms of "proprietary".   They do however note that the so called "standard PKI card" has zero built-in support in their Windows system, unlike the mobile phone thing that has it as pre-install.  They also get painfully aware that Dell and many other leading PC manufacturers do not even carry card readers as options, while the WLAN thing is built-in.  For e-governments and on-line banks, a $50 cost reduction(card + reader + software + support) per customer is welcomed.

The card vendors have had ample of time to launch a truly standard card including free software, but they didn't.   Now it is "harvest time" :-)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Parker 
  To: Anders Rundgren ; w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 20:55
  Subject: RE: Intel killed the smart ID-card

  "why would you ever want a smart ID card that only supports a fraction of the other device's ID-related use-cases?"

  Why would you ever want a proprietary solution if you could possibly avoid it? 

    -----Original Message-----
    From: w3c-ietf-xmldsig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-ietf-xmldsig-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Anders Rundgren
    Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 9:21 AM
    To: w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org
    Subject: Intel killed the smart ID-card

    From a recent Intel pressrelease:

    The Intel PXA27x family of processors, formerly code-named "Bulverde," adds a number of new technologies to address the needs of cell phone and PDA users. It is the first product to integrate the Intel Wireless MMX technology, providing additional performance for 3-D games and advanced video while improving battery-life. The new chip also utilizes Wireless Intel SpeedStep technology, enabling significant power savings by intelligently managing voltage and frequency changes similar to the technology used in the company´s notebook processors. 

    Also for the first time, Intel has integrated important security features through its Intel Wireless Trusted Platform to provide services such as trusted boot, secure storage of private information and cryptographic keys, and support for common security protocols.


    If you have a device that you already use extensively for other purposes, that can connect to various services including to local PCs using WLAN, and this device has a processor of the type above, why would you ever want a smart ID card that only supports a fraction of the other device's ID-related use-cases?

Received on Tuesday, 13 April 2004 15:17:19 UTC

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