Visa and Samsung revealed the official mobile payments application of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Samsung and Visa will debut the mobile payment application at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain from February 27th to March 1st. This marks the first step to realising the partnership between the two Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors to bring mobile contactless payments to London as part of their support of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Purchases above 15 pounds require a passcode. The application also lets customers check their transaction history and view their up to date account balance. Backed by the multi-layered security and reliability of Visa’s processing platform, mobile contactless payments are protected by the same standard terms and conditions that apply to Visa cards.
Samsung advanced semiconductor solutions announced its “SENHRN1” system-in-package (SIP) NFC chip. The Secu-NFC chip combines a NFC controller and a secure element storing personal information and security keys with advanced encryption technologies, a prerequisite for reliable and efficient mobile payment on NFC-enabled mobile devices. The new solution is based on Samsung’s proven in-house expertise and experience in smartcard ICs, which involves advanced RF sensitivity features and enhanced data encryption technologies, and its wealth of package technology, utilizing advanced SIP technology.
Samsung Electronics America announced its newest lines of monochrome laser, multifunction printers ideal for a variety of environments from the small-to-midsize business to the home office. The SCX-4729FD, wireless SCX-4729FW, ML-2955ND and wireless ML-2955DW offer sleek designs, eco-conscious options and features that increase performance and productivity. The multifunction SCX-4729FD, SCX-4729FW as well as the ML-2955ND and ML-2955DW single function printers provides ease of use with printer speeds up to 29 pages per minute (ppm), built-in duplexing and processor speeds of 533 megahertz (MHz). In addition, the SCX-4729FD and SCX-4729FW have increased functionality with built-in scan and fax functions, higher than industry average automatic document feeder (ADF) capabilities and a pop-up numeric keypad.
CA-based MoSys has entered into an agreement with electronic provider ROHM to license MoSysâ “1T-SRAM” embedded memory technology. The
technology license agreement will enable ROHM to design and manufacture ICs utilizing 1T-SRAM in ROHM’s fabrication facilities. Current and future generations of advanced SoCs (System-on-Chip) require significantly higher densities of embedded memory. MoSysâ patented 1T-SRAM IP, which has the advantage of enabling designs with 3 times the density in the same area as alternative solutions, high speed, low latency random access and superior reliability, provides a very
compelling solution for advanced SoC designs. MoSysâ patented 1T-SRAMÂ® and 1T-FlashÂ® memory technologies offer a combination of high density, low
power consumption, high speed and low cost advantages that are unmatched by other available memory technologies for a variety of networking,
computing, storage and consumer/graphics applications.
Innovative Card Technologies have appointed Joe Zelayeta, previously with LSI Logic, to
serve on the companyâs Board of Directors. Zelayeta has provided technical expertise and executive leadership as
part of the team that helped grow LSI Logic Corporation from a Milpitas,
CA-based start-up to a multibillion-dollar organization. Zelayetaâs
contributions to LSI Logic Corporation include manufacturing, research
and development, and ASIC technology oversight, as well as
responsibility for worldwide operations. Zelayeta was a member of the
Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)
representing LSI Logic as well as a member of the Technology Strategy
Committee of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Since his
retirement in 2006, he advises a variety of technology start ups,
including significant merger and acquisition endeavors. Zelayeta has a
BS in Chemistry from the University of Nevada. He will be serving alongside Chairman Dr. Donald
Joyce; President, CEO, and Director Richard Nathan; and Directors Scott
V. Ogilvie; W. Robert Ramsdell; and Harry L. Tredennick, III.
NXP Semiconductors announced Ruediger Stroh will join NXP as
General Manager of the identification business. Stroh takes over running the identification business from Christophe Duverne, whose next assignment has not been announced. Stroh began his career at Siemens AG where he held multiple management positions. He then became SVP and GM at Infineon Technologies, responsible for the Network and Computer Storage, Data Communications, and Consumer divisions. He also led multiple start-ups in Wireless, Storage Networking and advanced nano materials companies before joining the Agere Systems Leadership Team as EVP of the Storage Business Unit. After the Agere/LSI merger, Stroh’s expanded responsibilities at LSI Corporation included Hard Disk Drive SOCs, Preamps, Motor Controllers as well as SSD controllers.
Web-based gift card exchange service Plastic Jungle has announced Gary
Briggs, previously with eBay,
Lou Ryan, Charlie Smith ,Will Stewart and CEO Tina Henson as founding
members of its Board of Directors. Ryan, who will serve as Chairman,
is an entrepreneur and business leader with more than
25 years experience with technology companies including Borland
Corporation, Delrina Corporation, Entercept Technologies and Foundstone
Technologies. Ryan was president, CEO and founder of Entercept Security
Technology, acquired by McAfee in 2003. Ryan also played an instrumental
role in negotiating McAfee’s acquisition of Foundstone, where he was an
early investor and board member. Plastic Jungle makes gift cards more
valuable for consumers who want
to buy gift cards at substantial savings, sell them for cash, or trade
pre-owned gift cards for others. Plastic Jungle guarantees all
transactions and offers gift card
replacement protection in case they are lost or damaged, and instant
alerts via text or email. Users may list gift cards for free on Plastic
Jungle â successful transactions are only charged a 10% fee when
their gift card is sold or traded.
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.
INSIDE Contactless has named Christian Janin as its new Chief Financial Officer, and the appointment of Patrick Jones as non-executive Director of its Managing Board. Janin was most recently Group Chief Financial Officer for SMARTTRUST, a major Swedish independent “Mobile Device Management” software developer/system integrator. Patrick Jones is currently the Chairman of the Board of Lattice Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company.
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has developed a smart card with embedded 1MB Flash Memory, and is planning to be certified for “Common Criteria” and “GlobalPlatform”. Samples of the 1MB module will be available in December 2003, followed by the 512 kilobyte version in April 2004. Because its cell size is too large, traditional Smart Card chips composed of mask ROM and EEPROM are not suitable for high-density memory on multi-application Smart Cards. In contrast, the internal 1MB memory capacity is specifically tailored to support multi-application operating systems and expanded application sizes. Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, Camas, Wash., is a U.S.-based company and a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan.
Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, and NTT have launched a new encryption technology for secure and efficient implementation of an elliptic curve cryptosystem. The new encryption called “CRESERC” is the world’s first case of well-established leaders in the field of cryptography collaborating in the development of implementation technology by integrating their advanced skills and technologies. In March, the EU approved “NESSIE 5,” a project to select the next-generation cryptographic algorithms. They selected “Camellia” 6 jointly developed by Mitsubishi Electric and NTT, “MISTY1” 7 by Mitsubishi Electric, and “PSEC-KEM” 8 by NTT as recommended algorithms. Meanwhile, the ISO has been promoting the standardization of encryption goals by the Spring of 2004 at the earliest. In their deliberations, they have nominated not only “Camellia”, “MISTY1”, “PSEC-KEM” but also “MULTI-S01” 9 and “MUGI” 10 by Hitachi for international encryption standards. In addition, they have also been selected as recommended cryptographic algorithms by CRYPTREC: the cryptography evaluation project for e-governance by MPHPT (Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications) and METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Nippon Telegraph and
Telephone Corporation hereafter, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric
and NTT, respectively, announced their success in mutually researching and
developing an implementation technology of an elliptic curve cryptosystem
(ECDSA signature) 1. They named the technology “CRESERC”. To establish
this technology, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NTT founded a project
team to research and develop a secure and efficient implementation for
elliptic curve cryptosystem (ECDSA signature). This is the world’s first
case of well-established leaders in the field of cryptography
collaborating in the development of implementation technology by
integrating their advanced skills and technologies.
Background to the Joint R&D
To realize e-governance 2 and the ubiquitous 3 environment listed in
“e-Japan Priority Policy Program”, there is a pressing need to establish a
fundamental technology to realize a truly secure communication
environment, and to support the advanced information sharing society.
Encryption and electronic authentication 4 are central to this technology.
“Secure and efficient implementation technology” is a vital R&D goal for
achieving practical use. However, R&D has been faced with a trade-off
between “security” and “efficiency”. Therefore, Hitachi, Mitsubishi
Electric and NTT launched the joint project and now they have succeeded in
developing an implementation technology with the worldÂfs strongest
security level while matching the efficiency of the existing products in
In March 2003, EU (European Union) approved NESSIE 5, a project to select
the next-generation cryptographic algorithms. They selected “Camellia” 6
jointly developed by Mitsubishi Electric and NTT, “MISTY1” 7 by Mitsubishi
Electric, and “PSEC-KEM” 8 by NTT as recommended algorithms. Meanwhile,
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has been promoting
the standardization of encryption goals by the Spring of 2004 at the
earliest. In their deliberations, they have nominated not only
“Camellia”, “MISTY1”, “PSEC-KEM” but also “MULTI-S01” 9 and “MUGI” 10 by
Hitachi for international encryption standards. In addition, they have
also been selected as recommended cryptographic algorithms by CRYPTREC:
the cryptography evaluation project for e-governance by MPHPT (Ministry of
Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications) and METI
(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
Since the late 1990’s, the U.S. and Japanese governments, EU and ISO, have
actively promoted these encryption algorithm validation, selection, and
standardization activities. They are now being almost completed, and the
cryptographic algorithms that will be widely used in the first half of the
21st century are being listed up. The above Japanese cryptographic
algorithm’s excellent efficiency and their high commercial viability (LSI
implementation) are highly regarded throughout these activities and it is
likely that one or more of these Japanese company’s algorithms will be
widely used. Currently, ISO and CRYPTREC recognize that they need to
emphasize “secure implementation”, and they plan to establish the
corresponding validation criteria and validation standards.
As concern over “secure implementation of cryptosystems” increases,
“CRESERC” is expected to be set into various application areas that
require information security (for example, e-governance and ubiquitous
communication systems) as the world’s leading implementation technology in
Roles of the 3 Companies
Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NTT mutually carried out this joint R&D
by sharing their preeminent technology on the basis of their shared
advantage: the mathematical theory of elliptic curve cryptosystems. Their
roles are as follows:
Hitachi: secure implementation technology of elliptic curve
Mitsubishi Electric: efficient implementation technology of elliptic curve
NTT: efficient and secure implementation technology of basic
These three companies plan to launch products incorporating each company’s
preeminent technology in e-governance system and ubiquitous-related
security products based on their joint R&D results, namely “CRESERC”.
1. Elliptic curve cryptosystem: Public key cryptosystems utilizing the
mathematical operations over elliptic curves. They can encrypt the data
using short key lengths at high efficiency while maintaining the high
level of security, thus it is receiving attention as the new generation
public key cryptosystems that can replace RSA schemes. ECDSA (Elliptic
Curve Digital Signature Algorithm) is a digital signature algorithm based
on elliptic curve cryptosystems; it has been selected by NESSIE and
CRYPTREC as one of the recommended signature schemes.
2. e-governance: A governance support tool that allow various tasks
including administration to be executed electrically by utilizing computer
systems and Internet technology.
3. Ubiquitous: Derived from Latin meaning “exists everywhere”. It means
the environment where user can access information network like the
Internet at any time from everywhere.
4. Electronic authentication: A technology to realize seals and seal
certificates in the electronic world by utilizing electronic signatures
and public key certificates (electronic certificates).
5. NESSIE (New European Schemes for Signatures, Integrity, and Encryption)
EU approved project to select the next-generation cryptographic schemes
started in 2000 and completed in the beginning of this year.
6. Camellia: 128 bit block encryption algorithm jointly developed by
Mitsubishi Electric and NTT. Specifications are already disclosed and
7. MISTY1: 64 bit block encryption algorithm developed by Mitsubishi
Electric. Specifications are already disclosed and published.
8. PSEC-KEM: A public key encryption algorithm developed by NTT.
Specifications are already disclosed and published.
9. MULTI-S01: 256 bit key length stream encryption algorithm developed by
Hitachi. Specifications are already disclosed and published.
10. MUGI: 128 bit key length stream encryption algorithm developed by
Hitachi. Specifications are already disclosed and published.
About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With over 80 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality
products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the
world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE: 6503) is a recognized world
leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and
electronic equipment used in information processing and communications,
space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics,
industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. The
company has operations in 35 countries and recorded consolidated group
sales of 3,639 billion yen (US$30.3 billion) in the year ended March 31,
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501 / NYSE: HIT) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a
leading global electronics company, with approximately 320,000 employees
worldwide. Fiscal 2001 (ended March 31, 2002) consolidated sales totaled
7,994 billion yen ($60.1 billion). The company offers a wide range of
systems, products and services in market sectors, including information
systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer
products, materials and financial services.
NTT (TSE: 6472)is a holding company of the Global Information Sharing
Enterprise Group and NTT group, which consists more than 430 companies.
One of the important missions of NTT group is to contribute the
achievement of a Ubiquitous Broadband society. NTT group concentrates on
integrating the group on expanding Broadband Service on Photonic Access,
Third Generation Cellular Phone, Wireless LAN, are provided for Access
means, promoting the structure of distributing the contents of Movies and
music, and enhance the providing contents.In November 2002, the
Vision for a new optical generation is announced.