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Enhanced Security Solution Protects Personal Data for Payment, eGovernment Services

04 October 2016

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has unveiled its next generation of SmartMX2 P60 Step-Up that offers customers unique security features, such as Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) anti-cloning technology for higher encryption key protection.

NXP is collaborating with MaskTech, the leading independent provider of high-security Smart card operating systems for electronic identification cards, travel documents and authentication solutions. Together the companies will add PUF anti-cloning technology to secure Smart cards for applications like ePassports, eID cards, driver's licenses, health cards, payment cards and embedded security.

The latest SmartMX2 generation builds on the groundbreaking IntegralSecurity™ architecture and includes a series of security enhancements. These include:

  • PUF support to secure the keys against new attack scenarios via unique “silicon fingerprint” with each single circuit
  • Hardware support for dedicated cryptography in certain regions: SEED (Korea) and OSSCA (China)
  • End-to-end encryption, AES and DES co-processors for high resistance to side-channel attacks
  • Mature Development Toolkit SmartICE based on a true Bondout Chip with identical-to-product hardware for a safe and application-compliant implementation with full planning reliability
  • Soft Masking Device for early functional prototypes based on identical-to-product hardware to reduce the development cycle time via an approved physical reference instance
  • Full amount of SmartMX2 security features, including NXP-patented SecureFetch and GlueLogic for optimum relief of operation system countermeasures, and safe and fast composite certifications and approvals.

The SmartMX2 platform has received comprehensive third-party recognition, including:

  • Common Criteria EAL6+ certificate (EAL 5+ with MIFARE and/or DESFire EV1 inclusion)
  • EMVCo Approval
  • UL Conformance for MIFARE functionality

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