Intel reveals new multifactor firmware
21 January 2016 14:56 GMT

Global chipmaking giant Intel has unveiled Intel Authenticate, a new firmware solution that will focus on biometrics for authentication.

Intel Authenticate is a hardware-based, multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution that hardens the users’ PC to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to gain access. 

The solution will use Windows Hello to train hardware to recognize a biometric identity, according to Intel staff.

The preview technologyi s built into the new sixth-generation Core chips with vPro that Intel began shipping for its business customers on Tuesday

"Biometrics is the wave of the future," Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager of the company's business client division, told Redmond magazine. "We think this will go a long way to making clients more secure."

Garrison noted that that Intel Authenticate will not compete with Windows Hello, as both companies support the FIDO alliance, which is creating biometric authentication standards.

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