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Secure MCUs enable EMV migration to SDA

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:secure MCUs? EMV migration? SDA chip?

STMicroelectronics has announced a new family of secure MCUs based on a 0.13?m process technology. These MCUs are intended for banking, loyalty card and other financial applications. Based on the new ST23 secure platform, these devices take advantage of the recent improvements in security technology and offers optimized computing power for advanced secure applications.

The ST23YS02 and ST23YS08 integrate 2Kbytes and 8Kbytes of EEPROM, respectively. Competitive pricing, aided by their 0.13?m manufacturing process, makes them suitable for a range of finance applications, but particularly for EMV migration from magnetic stripe to Static Data Authentication (SDA) chip and PIN cards. A simplified architecture makes them easy to use to further reduce costs for code developers.

Both MCUs embed an enhanced DES (eDES) accelerator and support Advanced Encryption Services (AES) cryptography, and are certified to meet current EMVCo requirements. They provide ISO and IART interfaces, with planned additions to the family including crypto-processor and contactless products.

"Incorporating the security improvements developed over the last two years," said Marie-France Florentin, ST's smartcard ICs business director, "the first small-memory devices in the family offer highly cost-effective solutions for SDA migration and loyalty cards."

Samples of the ST23YS08 are available starting this month, with volume production planned for November. The ST23YS02 will sample in December 2007 and will be available in volume from January 2008. Both devices are supplied in wafer form or as micro-modules.

Pricing for the ST23YS08 is 80 cents in quantities of 100,000 units.

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