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Smart card ICs get security stamp for payment, identity apps

Posted: 06 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security certificate? smart card IC? controller?


STMicroelectronics' two smart card controllers from have become the first devices certified to Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ (EAL 5+) of CC ver 3.1, the latest revision of the ISO/IEC 15408 Common Criteria for IT security products.

The ST23YL80 and ST23YL18 secure ICs have been designed to support highly secure applications such as PayTV, ID cards, IT security and payment. The ST23YL platform features a 8bit/16bit secure processor, secure non-volatile memory, and a cryptographic co-processor (Nescrypt) supporting fast and secure public key algorithms such as RSA and Elliptic Curves. The devices are built using ST's 0.13? EEPROM process, resulting in small chip size, low power consumption and consistently high quality.

Common Criteria v3.1, the latest version of the Common Criteria, enables widespread mutual recognition of secure IT products used by commercial organizations and government bodies globally. EAL 5+ is the highest achieved assurance level for commercial products, and allows the ST23YL controllers to be used directly in smartcards for highly secure applications with no further reassessment or acceptance testing required. In addition, for payment systems, the ST23YL secure ICs are also certified by EMVCo and have been recently assessed as suitable for the German market by ZKA authorities.

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