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NXP security chips smash speed record for eGovernment deals

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security chip? IC contactless? eGovernment ePassport?

NXP Semiconductors claims that its latest SmartMX security chip, the P5CD081, is the industry's highest performance contactless IC for ePassport and electronic identification applications. The P5CD081 processes transactions twice as fast as the current industry standard for contactless smart card chips, and offers the highest security level with an EAL5+ level Common Criteria certification, says the company.

The new SmartMX is also the first smart card controller to feature Secure Fetch Technology, which significantly enhances the chip hardware security. This unique security technology from NXP offers increased protection against attack scenarios with light and lasers (so-called fault attacks), thus greatly facilitating the development of highly secure software applications for customers.

The P5CD081 dual interface smart card controller addresses the needs of advanced eGovernment applications requiring enhanced security, more data and faster transmission rates. According to NXP, the strong computing capabilities of the new SmartMX chip double the speed of authentication, significantly accelerating ePassport transaction times at border control. In recent tests the P5CD081 has set a new industry benchmark by running the Extended Access Control (EAC) ePassport operation with the complete citizen dataset, including fingerprints, in only 3.5sec. Due to its fast performance, the chip is also specifically suited for sophisticated eID applications, such as secure electronic signatures for transactions via the internet.

The P5CD081 offers full compatibility with previous SmartMX chips, retaining the existing IC platform while adding a much faster CPU. This allows customers to leverage their existing designs easily on the latest SmartMX chip, without the need for bigger adaptations on their operating system.

The new SmartMX supports ICAO standards, enabling the implementation of BAC (Basic Access Control) and EAC (Extended Access Control), and includes an embedded crypto co-processor fully compliant with the European Citizen Card requirements.

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