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NXP Semiconductors

February 27, 2012 02:00 ET

NXP's Next Generation SWP-SIM Secure Element Bests Conventional SIMs With Increased Security and Performance

SmartMX2 Platform Transforms Traditional SIM and Secure Element Market With Enhanced Smart Card Level Performance, Security and Flash Memory

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced a revolutionary form factor agnostic secure element platform, including a SWP-SIM implementation, which for the first time brings passport level security, smart card performance and multi-applications capability to the SIM market. As the number one semiconductor supplier to the global identification market and delivering best-in-class secure elements, NXP has designed a SWP-SIM Secure Element that incorporates SmartMX2 technology, the significantly improved next generation of NXP's famous secure elements deployed almost 1.5 billion times in eGovernment, banking and transport applications. Leveraging a unique architecture for enhanced performance, state-of-the-art security and flash memory, NXP's new secure element platform will radically improve the user experiences of end customers worldwide.

The launch of NXP's SmartMX2-based solution is a tipping point for the industry: NXP can now offer its superior multi-application security architecture and expertise in all form factors (embedded, microSD, SWP-SIM) to the entire mobile market regardless of form factor preference. The considerably higher security requirements of the SWP-SIM secure element will demand such advanced solutions because, relative to the traditional non-secure SIM, SWP-SIM becomes a tamper-resistant vault for sensitive data, essential for securely executing critical applications such as mobile payment. Thus NXP's latest Mobile Transactions product provides security and enables trust between all parties in the ecosystem, protects consumer data, and paves the way for accelerated Mobile Transactions industry growth and deployment of NFC technology. NXP will work with the key SIM OS players to deliver this product into the market.

"The SIM market is experiencing a disruption, evolving from the non-secure basic microcontrollers found in today's phones to high-performance, tamper-resistant secure element platforms. This transformation is driven by the increasing interest in NFC from mobile network operators and handset manufacturers alike, as well as the emergence of sophisticated secure applications," said Mark Hung, Research Director, Wireless, Gartner. "This transition is expected to accelerate in the coming years."

"Our latest Mobile Transactions platform represents a breakthrough for our customers, fulfilling their requirements for both greater security and higher performance to support multiple applications, while providing choice of form factor," said Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager Identification business, NXP Semiconductors. "NXP's experience, spanning from the earliest NFC trials to the most significant Mobile Transactions launches around the globe today, gives us unique insight into the needs of mobile network operators, handset manufacturers and application providers. By combining this experience with our rich heritage in developing secure, end to end identification solutions we were able to create yet another breakthrough platform."

With its focus on developing end-to-end solutions for security, convenience and connectivity, as well as its strategy of building entire ecosystems for ID applications, NXP is a clear leader in the overall identification markets and its most important segments such as eGovernment, transportation and access, RFID tags and labels, infrastructure as well as NFC and payments. This unique position allows NXP to converge applications like transit ticketing, access control and payments into the mobile phone, creating continued innovation across the broader Identification ecosystem and use insights gained from one segment to create competitive advantage in others. This strategic approach ensures interoperability between smart cards, NFC devices and the growing reader infrastructure and tags based on the globally deployed MIFARE technology.

NXP Fast Facts

  • Security: 80 out of 96 countries, or ca. 85 percent of worldwide electronic passport projects, have put their trust in NXP's secure microcontrollers such as the SmartMX™. NXP has received 73 Common Criteria certifications with augmented security level (EAL5+) for its SmartMX product family, the largest number for one high security platform.

  • Performance: NXP's SmartMX technology offers the transaction time benchmark for the smart card industry. The new high-performance SmartMX2 technology with enhanced 32 bit application set extends NXP's advantage even more, with 50% faster transaction times and three times more memory.

  • MIFARE technology: Over 1.2 billion people worldwide have access to NXP's MIFARE™ technology used for more efficiency and convenience in transit ticketing. NXP's Mobile Transactions technology is compatible with MIFARE, enabling the convergence of mobile ticketing into NFC phones.

  • Number one in infrastructure. With over 70 percent market share in infrastructure, NXP delivers full system solutions for customers' contact and contactless readers throughout a very wide range of applications including POS terminals, access gates and doors, set-top-boxes, laptops, accessories and more. The large base of reader infrastructure across the world ensures best-in-class interoperability with NXP smart card or NFC devices.

  • NXP co-invented NFC in 2002. The company is at the center of the NFC ecosystem, fueling its development by partnering with almost all major handset manufacturers, mobile OS providers and applications developers. Currently OEMs have selected NXP's NFC technology for more than 130 mobile devices.

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

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