Google is set to unveil the technical details of its new Titan computer chip, an elaborate security feature for its cloud computing network.

It has already installed Titan in many thousands of computer servers and network cards that populate the massive datacentres that power Google’s cloud services.

Google is hoping Titan will help it carve out a bigger piece of the worldwide cloud computing market, which has recently been forecast by research company Gartner to be worth nearly $50 billion.

Titan scans hardware to ensure it has not been tampered with, said Neal Mueller, head of infrastructure product marketing for the Google cloud platform. If anything has been changed, the Titan chip will hopefully prevent the machine from booting.

A Google spokeswoman said the company has planned to disclose Titan’s technical details in a blog post this week.

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