STMicroelectronics secure microcontroller ICs and Gemalto digital security have partnered to develop a range of solutions to initiate and distribute digital security services for NFC (Near Field Communications) applications. Building on the two companies’ extensive security expertise and portfolio of NFC technologies, the partnership aims to deliver solutions that will meet the strong global demand for NFC-based services. They plan to further develop a number of additional packaged offers that include the highly secure ST33 EAL5+ chipset from ST, specially designed for mobile applications, and Gemalto’s secure operating system, mobile handset software, Trusted Service Management and secure personalization services.
ARM has announced the launch of the highly compact and energy-efficient ARM
“SecurCore SC000” processor designed specifically for the highest volume smartcard and embedded security applications. The “SC000” combines the proven security features of ARM SecurCore processors, currently the most widely licensed 32-bit CPU for smartcards worldwide, with leadership technology from the Cortex-M0. The result provides comparable performance at three times the energy efficiency and one third of the size. The SC000 processor’s low power footprint makes it an ideal choice for a range of contactless and NFC applications.
The highly configurable security features of the SC000 processor enable vendors to easily design a diverse range of differentiated secure devices for specific smartcard applications while retaining forward architectural compatibility with the high-end SC300 processor, enabling easy migration to high-performance, high-security applications.
NXP independent semiconductor and STMicroelectronics secure smart card
chips have signed a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s
“MIFARE” technology. This allows STMicroelectronics to integrate the
entire MIFARE family into its security solutions for mobile phone and
banking applications, facilitating the convergence of the MIFARE
infrastructure and NFC enabled mobile devices. ST can also include
MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire technology into its leading (U)SIM
card ICs and other embedded secure solutions for the mobile phone
market, as well as into security solutions for PC readers and banking
card ICs. NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and
Standard Product solutions has about 29,000 employees working in more
than 30 countries while STMicroelectronics had 2008 net revenues of
ARM has made available its new “SecureCore SC300” processor for
contactless and USB smartcard applications combined with Thumb-2
architecture. This will allow for increased smartcard functionality, real-
time multiple interface handling over the Smart Card Web Server,
software-hardware collaboration and an accelerated time-to-market.
The “SecureCore SC300” solution is based on the Cortex-M3 processor
which reduces memory size using the RISC core for the migration of
various payment applications. ARM designs the technology providing
16/32-bit RISC microprocessors and software tools for electronics
companies in various industries.
ARM has introduced its “Secure Core SC300” processor to provide smart
card and mobile phone SIM card transactions. The “SC300” processor is
capable of conducting transactions over multiple interfaces for contactless
applications and contributes to the growing industry trend of switching
8-bit to 32-bit processors. Specifically, the “SecurCore SC300” is designed
for very low power consumption for the 32-bit smart card migration enabling
hardware and software development collaboration. The foundation of the
processor is provided for by the ARM “Cortex-M3 processor” with its
low-cost requirements and memory size reduction. ARM designs and offers
microprocessors, data engines and graphic processors around the world.