The rapid rise of point-of-sale (POS) terminals across multiple retail establishments for payment processing has given rise to a new type of semiconductor to run the terminals with higher levels of functionality.
In response, Kili Technology Corp. has rolled out a line of secure system-on-chip (SoC) processors targeted at POS terminals with support for the latest payment technology.
Kili said that the payment processing industry is entering a crossroads where legacy POS terminals are being replaced with newer, lower cost POS terminals loaded with features to help retail businesses manage newer forms of payments such as Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) contact (used in smart cards) and EMV contactless (using near field communication (NFC).
Killi Technology's SoC for POS terminals
“Developers need pre-certified, comprehensive mPOS solutions that will help them rapidly bring to market products that offer high levels of security at low cost and in a compact footprint,” said Elie Massabki, executive VP of sales and marketing at Kili, in a statement.
Kili’s K409B secure processor features a dual CPU architecture, an integrated NFC transceiver and controller and an integrated secure capacitive touch controller with support for the PCI PTS 4.0 standards. The chip supports the use of touch pads or touch panels in tablets while reducing the complexity and cost of the design, Kili said.
The SoC also includes sudden destruction interface, security mesh, secure e-fuse memory and other security features as well as the ability for encryption functions and keys from the outside world on one 32-bit RISC CPU, the San Carlos, CA-based company said.
The POS SoCs are sampling now and will be in production in the first quarter of 2015. Other advanced chips will be available in the following quarter.