SOURCE: NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors

October 04, 2012 06:59 ET

More Trust for Smart Life Solutions: NXP's SmartMX2 Receives CC EAL6+ Security Certificate

First EAL6+ Security Certificate for the Global Leader in Identification

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) -   NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that its SmartMX2™ secure microcontroller has been awarded the world's first Common Criteria EAL6+ certification for a secure microcontroller with a contactless interface based on 90-nm technology. Issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the EAL6+ security evaluation adds rigorous mathematical testing of the entire security architecture to resistance against various invasive, semi-invasive and non-invasive attacks, thus also formally proving the security concept. The formal mathematical methods implemented leading to the new SmartMX2 security architecture and the corresponding CC EAL6+ certificate provide a significantly higher trust level to customers.

NXP's advanced security expertise has made it the global leader in Identification and security technology. The SmartMX™ family of secure microcontrollers leverages the groundbreaking IntegralSecurity™ architecture that combines more than 100 different security features including NXP's SecureFetch™ protection against laser attacks. It provides security for a wide range of applications such as eGovernment, banking, mobile transactions, public transport, access management and device authentication. NXP has shipped more than one billion SmartMX chips to its customers including 86 out of 102 countries with ePassport projects.

"ID applications, devices and infrastructures to authenticate identities and secure transactions are becoming more prevalent and smarter, which is why the demand for hardware-based security is increasing. Financial institutions and governments in particular require tamper-resistant high-security microcontrollers that provide the best possible security and contactless performance. The CC EAL6+ certificate shows our customers that they can rely on NXP to continuously invest and improve in security, providing customers with trusted solutions for their smart life applications," said Steve Owen, senior vice president of global sales, Identification business, NXP Semiconductors. 

Key highlights of NXP's SmartMX2 technology include:

  • IntegralSecurity architecture with more than 100 security features for attack protection
  • High-performance SmartMX2 CPU with enhanced 8- to 32-bit application instruction set
  • Power-efficient, high-speed crypto coprocessors for RSA/ECC and DES/AES
  • Optimized ISO/IEC 14443 interface including support for small antenna dimensions
  • Support for MIFARE™ DESFire, MIFARE Plus, and MIFARE Classic for applications convergence

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.

Note to Editors
SmartMX2, SmartMX, IntegralSecurity, SecureFetch and MIFARE are trademarks of NXP Semiconductors. All other brands or product names are property of their respective holders.

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