IBM says its new PC 300PL desktops are the most secure PCs on the planet.
Sporting an embedded security processor on its motherboard, the new PC 300PL can generate and store keys for private and public key-sharing applications, such as those used for encrypted e-mail or in electronic commerce. The chip can also generate and store keys for digital signatures, according to IBM.
Uses for the chip include the ability for a company to better identify a party placing an electronic order.
IBM will ship the PCs with the security processor turned off. It can be turned on with a software applet. The PC 300PL models start at about $1,349.