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Secure processor integrates RFID tech

Posted: 05 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom? secure processor? RFID? BCM5890?

Broadcom Corp. unveiled what it touts as the world's first secure processor with integrated RFID technology, as part of the company's Trusted Authentication Initiative. The new device is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications. The company added that its new product also enhances the use of currently deployed authentication technologies, such as biometrics and contactless technologies, by eliminating some of their inherent security vulnerabilities.

The BCM5890 secure processor runs in a special secure mode that protects the software, and the security keys that run on it, from tampering or theft. It features an ARM-based processor that is FIPS Level 3-compliant and can run both secure and non-secure applications. The embedded contactless RFID tag capability enables usage in systems that utilize either the 13.56MHz (ISO14443 and ISO15693) or 125kHz frequencies. The chip also features a set of host interfaces that make it suitable for a wide range of client and infrastructure applications covering physical access, logical access and contactless payments.

Integrity Platform
To enable the rapid porting of secure credentials and applications to the BCM5890 secure processor, Broadcom said, they also launched the Integrity Platform that enables manufacturers to develop personal authentication products. The development platform consists of a set of tools and standards-based APIs, such as PKCS11 (public-key cryptography standard), that are designed to help reduce the customer's software development effort while accelerating time-to-market. As a result, credentials that are ported to the Integrity Platform will run seamlessly on the BCM5890, as well as future Broadcom secure processors. The Integrity Platform also enables the convergence of personal authentication by allowing a single platform to manage multiple credentials.

The BCM5890 is already sampling to early access customers and is priced at $15 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

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