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Contactless IC enables highly secure smart cards

Posted: 15 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP Semiconductors? contactless? smart card? MIFARE? DESFire8?

NXP Semiconductors has introduced MIFARE DESFire8, the company's latest contactless smart card IC that combines advanced security features with fast transaction speed and greater flexibility. NXP said this addition to its MIFARE smart card platform is the first contactless IC in the market to support the advanced encryption standard (AES) as well as common cryptography methods such as DES and 3DES.

The device features advanced cryptographic engines for data transmissions, NXP said, providing service providers increased security against fraud and counterfeit tickets. End users can also feel reassured that their privacy is well protected. Additionally, with this new IC, consumers will only need one smart card to access multiple applications.

Designed primarily for transport schemes, citizen cards and ID applications, MIFARE DESFire8 promises an increased memory size of up to 8Kbytes and a flexible file structure, which allows up to 28 applications to be implemented on one single card. This multi-application feature delivers enhanced comfort and usability to end users. For instance, they can use their card for public transport, event ticketing, secure payment and access to their work place.

"Service providers such as transport operators are continuing to realize the merits of contactless smart cards, which help to speed up processes, reduce fraud and the wear and tear of infrastructure. At the same time, the cards increase ease-of-use for consumers by providing faster payments, shorter queues and access to a variety of services with one single card," said Henri Ardevol, general manager smart cards, NXP Semiconductors. "With MIFARE DESFire8, we're enabling high security smart card solutions, which enhance consumers' privacy by providing outstanding encryption."

The multi-application capability of MIFARE DESFire8 allows better management of public networks, enabling transport operators and transport authorities to further improve their route planning as well as the deployment of additional services.

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