Don’t expect to find a lot of Dell PCs with the Microsoft Pluton chip

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Pluton Chip

Microsoft’s Pluton chip promises a lot of advancements for keeping your device safe from the latest security threats, but not every PC maker is fully on board with the technology just yet. As first reported by The Register, Dell says that it isn’t fully ready to include the Pluton chip in “most” commercial PCs.

More specifically, in a statement to The Register, the laptop maker said that “Pluton does not align with Dell’s approach to hardware security and our most secure commercial PC requirements.” The reason why? It has to do with the fact that Intel isn’t using Pluton technology in 12th generation processors, instead opting for the Platform Trust Technology. Dell’s commercial PCs mainly have these types of processors inside, which also use Platform Trust Technology to meet FIPS 140-2 standards.

But all hope is not lost. Another statement from Dell indicates that the company will “continue to evaluate” Pluton ” to see how it compares against existing TPM implementations in the future.” This builds on Dell’s own software and hardware technology, which can help defend against cyber attacks. Microsoft also offered this statement to the publication on the matter.

Microsoft and our partners are giving customers the flexibility and choice to configure Pluton to meet their specific needs. Microsoft is committed to working with partners and customers in the coming months and years to continue to bolster security with Pluton.

Dell isn’t alone in this decision though. Lenovo’s latest Intel-powered ThinkPads do not support Pluton at launch, yet AMD Ryzen Powered ThinkPads do, even though it is disabled by default. The ThinkPad X13s, meanwhile, does have the Microsoft Pluton chip inside, as we detailed just a few weeks ago.