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CC-certified smart cards suit security apps

Posted: 01 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:combination smart cards? electronic identification? smart card IC solutions?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced two chips designed for combination (contact and non-contact) smart cards, in 72Kbyte and 144Kbyte capacities with embedded EEPROM, that have been given Common Criteria (CC) certification and an Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ rating. The certification and evaluation rating satisfies the product standards used in smart card applications such as electronic passports and electronic identification, which require an extremely high level of data security.

"Samsung's Common Criteria compliant smart card IC for electronic passports supports the high-performance and high-level security requirements for applications carrying personal information" said Chilhee Jung, senior vice president, system LSI division, Samsung. "Samsung has expanded its portfolio of high-performance smart card IC solutions from its strong SIM-based technology solutions to smart cards designed for financial, identification and security applications."

Samsung's smart card IC provides high performance and high reliability for protecting user-identity. The new combination smart card consists of a high-performance 16-bit CalmRISC CPU, RSA public key encryption algorithm, Triple-DES and advanced encryption standard algorithm. An attack-prevention design technology has also been applied to help prevent the possibility of personal data loss to hackers.

Also built into the smart cards is the International Standards Organization 14443 A/B type contactless function, providing fast and stable data links between the card and the card reader in non-contact situations. The newly certified portfolio also offers sufficient storage space for diverse biological data (face, fingerprints, retina, and genetic makeup) required by biometric identification systems.

In 1999, CC certification was selected as the international standard for assessing a product's data security capabilities. CC provides the basis for confirming the reliability and safety of security-related functions in IC cards used in electronic IDs, electronic passports, and electronic driver's licenses. Ont the other hand, higher EAL ratings indicate more accurate and effective data security capabilities. An EAL 4+ rating is required for products such as electronic passports that have strict security requirements.

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