Symantec and Intel are looking to see if security products can be embedded on computer chips, rather than as software running on an operating system.

The two companies are attempting to build security into tiny computer processors, according to a report from Reuters. The technology will be designed for the business market initially, but could eventually hit consumer desktops.

Symantec and Intel's Project Hood venture aims to use virtualisation technology to produce security appliances which run "underneath and alongside the operating system," according to Symantec vice president Rowan Trollope.