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Symantec, Intel work on security on microchips

The program is part of an effort by both companies to expand their use of virtualization technology.

Symantec and Intel are jointly developing security products that could be built into tiny computer microprocessors, Symantec Vice President Rowan Trollope said on Tuesday. The program, dubbed Project Hood, is part of an effort by both companies to expand their use of virtualization technology, or using software to replicate entire computer systems.

They are developing software security "appliances" that would work with virtualization technology that Intel is already incorporating into its computer chips, Trollope said. Instead of designing the security software to run on Microsoft's Windows or another operating system, Symantec and Intel are building it so it can directly interact with the Intel chips.