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Intel Atom Netbooks Get Whole-disk Encryption
Despite its single core, low clock speeds, and more limited instruction pipelining, the Atom chip does have some hidden features that belie its image as a basic part. On more recent versions of the Atom this will include hyperthreading, a feature missing on many apparently more powerful Intel chips.
On C4KNetbook, a particular emphasis was given to processor I/O, which is where encryption places most of its demands on whole-disk systems. Security IP claims this optimisation means that the machine will perform as it would without encryption installed, keeping overhead to low levels.
The software is also FIPS 140-2 certified software, offers pre-boot authentication using digital certificates, smart cards or USB tokens, or simply using a conventional password.
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