Google open sourced its secure computer chip last week. The new OpenTitan project promises to make computing cheaper and more secure. But it will be a while before data centers outside of Google can reap the benefits, experts say.
The company unveiled a custom dedicated security chip for servers in its data centers, called Titan, back in 2017.
The new open source chip architecture is based — loosely — on the secure chip powering Google’s Pixel phones, but the technology can be used in data center IT hardware, according to the company. Each chip has a secure element in it, where key payment and authentication information is stored, and where the decryption and encryption processes take place.