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IBM to produce Infineon secure ICs for gov't IDs

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:secure IC? IBM manufacturing? government ID program?

Infineon Technologies AG has tapped IBM Corp. to manufacture its highly secure ICs for secure identification applications, including electronic passports compliant with international travel regulations and the U.S. Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards.

Infineon and IBM began a collaboration in 2007 that included licensing of the 130nm embedded flash technology used to produce advanced security ICs. This established technology base will be used to manufacture security microcontrollers based on the Infineon SLE 78 architecture, which features 'Integrity Guard' hardware security technology.

"As the long-time top ranked supplier of security ICs to commercial and government customers worldwide, Infineon is committed to providing a trusted supply chain that protects the integrity of every ID program that uses our products," said Helmut Gassel, president of the chip card and security division at Infineon. "Our continued investment in the development of state-of-the-art security technology and expansion of our own supply base are driven by this focus on meeting the needs of our customers."

"Manufacturing at the IBM Trusted Foundry enables us to meet the specific needs of the U.S. government for in-country production from a security certified high-volume, high-quality source," said Joerg Borchert, VP of the chip card and security division at Infineon Technologies North America Corp. "Our plant in Dresden, Germany, has provided ICs for the U.S. e-passport since 2006. We now have a U.S. site that is fully-qualified to supply security microcontrollers and related products with the highest levels of security available in a production IC today."

Infineon specifically developed the SLE 78 family and 'Integrity Guard' security technology for use in demanding chip-based high-end security identification and payment areas with their need for long-term security as well as for robust, high-quality products with excellent contactless performance. The SLE 78 products received the Common Criteria EAL5+ (high) security certification for use in electronic ID documents and chip card applications by German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) certifying the high standard of security achieved by Infineon. Moreover, in 2008, the chip card industry recognized the SLE 78 architecture with its highest award, the Sesame Award in the category of Best Hardware Innovation, at the annual Cartes & Identification conference in Paris, France.

Both the IBM Trusted Foundry and Infineon's Dresden plant are security certified according to "Common Criteria," an international standard designation for the integrity of manufacturing and the supply chain from producer to end-customer. This provides Infineon customers with two fully-qualified sources for advanced security chip technology.

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