Grenoble-based Tiempo Secure is teaming with Seoul-based Secure Platforms Technology (SP-Tek) to market smart card chips equipped with the JavaCard OS. Their combined offer is targeting smart card manufacturers in the Americas, who are supporting the current migration from magnetic stripe to EMV smart cards.
INSIDE Secure today announced that it has started delivering its latest generation secure microcontroller for the Carte SESAM-Vitale 2 program, the French national health care insurance card.
INSIDE’s secure microcontroller has achieved Common Criteria EAL 5+ certification. This low-power high-performance 8/16-bit microcontroller is based on Harvard RISC architecture. It provides a highly flexible and cost-effective solution for many applications requiring a high level of security.
INSIDE Secure, a leader in embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, today announced it intends to enter into a new agreement with Intel Corporation, building on the relationship initiated with their NFC technology license agreement in 2011.
INSIDE Secure and Intrinsic-ID announced they are bringing to market a new class of secure microcontrollers for smart cards and other applications that apply Hardware Intrinsic Security™ (HIS) to provide the highest levels of security for cloud-based transactions. Hardware Intrinsic Security technology uses the unique attributes of a device to extract high quality security keys, which in turn make the process very secure. By combining INSIDE’s proven secure microcontroller designs with patented HIS technology from Intrinsic-ID, the companies will use the unique physical characteristics of each chip to protect cryptographic keys, and thus make the devices extremely hard to clone or reverse engineer.
INSIDE Secure and CPI Card Group (CPI) announced that two new jointly developed M/Chip™ Advance EMV card products have been approved by MasterCard. The two products offer capabilities specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of the U.S. market. In support of issuers wishing to use these products, Datacard Group is offering complete turnkey hardware and software personalization solutions, as well as personalization scripts. These new card products give issuers the greatest flexibility in migrating to EMV. One product has been optimized to support online-only EMV card programs, while the other supports both online and offline payment transactions.
INSIDE Secure announced Tritech has been named to represent its product offerings, allowing the company to more easily provide customers with local design and engineering support and easy access to its broad portfolio of security solutions. Tritech will offer INSIDE’s portfolio of secure microcontroller, NFC and contactless/contact payment solutions to start-ups and major OEM’s in the communication, medical, industrial control and security sectors in the local Israeli economy. Tritech Ltd. will sell and support INSIDE Secure’s complete product line, including industry-leading VaultIC™ and MicroPass® secure solutions, MicroRead®, SecuRead® and Open NFC hardware and software.
Inside Secure launched its “AT90SCR200” EMV-compliant smart card reader microcontroller, allowing developers to more quickly and easily attain EMV level one type approval for their products, an important symbol of quality throughout the industry. The new INSIDE smart card reader microcontroller complies with the EMV 2000 version 4.3 standard and is also pre-certified to all relevant industry standards, including PC/SC, ISO 7816, GIE-CB, GSM, USB FS 2.0 and WHQL. In addition, the AT90SCR200 delivers superior communications speeds and features 100 per cent byte code compatibility with all current INSIDE AT90SCR-series smart card reader microcontrollers. The INSIDE “AT90SCR200” may be used to create a bridge between a contact or contactless smart card (when used with an RF interface) or USB smart card and the host processor in a variety of card-based systems, including contact USB PC-Link smart card readers, smart keyboard, PinPad, embedded readers and laptop smart card readers and conditional access modules.
Freescale Semiconductor and INSIDE Secure announced a secure prepaid utility meter reference design with NFC connectivity that OEMs can use to quickly and cost-effectively bring to market electricity meter products. The reference design, based on the Freescale Kinetis MK30 microcontroller (MCU), provides the first NFC-based, prepaid meter with the ability to securely reload energy credit balances. Utilities in many countries require a sophisticated payment infrastructure to facilitate the utility payment process while preventing fraud. Secure prepaid meters, such as this reference design developed by Freescale and INSIDE Secure, address this need by adding sophisticated smart card security mechanisms that have been proven in the banking industry.
According to the latest tracker from Databeans “Q3-2011 Sensors and MEMS” the sensors market is growing significantly faster than the overall semiconductor market. The sensor market is forecasted to have a 10% compound annual growth rate, with average unit prices decreasing by 1 percent over the same 5 year time frame. Contactless smart cards and NFC transceivers are also growing strong with an estimated compound annual growth rate of 20 percent. The two strongest market segments impacting the sensor industry are the consumer and the automotive industry. The revenue for sensors in the consumer market segment is forecasted to increase to $853 million by the end of 2012 and $203 million for the automotive segment respectively. There is also continuing its growth of electronic applications. The sensors market is experiencing an immediate push because of NHTSA regulations that mandate Electronic Stability Systems (ESC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) for every new vehicle that rolls off the production line. Manufacturers should subsequently look for a strong push to include NFC chips to be on smart phones and tablets.
National Semiconductor introduced a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) featuring a single-wire interface and 4-to-20 mA current loop drive that simplifies the design of smart transmitters used in industrial two-wire sensor systems. The highly integrated DAC161P997 reduces component count and cost in factory and building automation control systems by enabling the use of a single isolation component to cross the isolation boundary. For sensing and detecting applications where galvanic isolation is not required, National’s DAC161P997 interfaces directly to a microcontroller. It has a single-wire interface: enables higher system accuracy compared to discrete PWM implementations, and lower system cost compared to 4-wire SPI solution; Low power operation: 190 uA enables total system power consumption below 30 mW or 3.5 mA; and a user-programmable start up and data rate auto detect.
Atmel Corporation microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced five new devices to the Atmel SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The new SAM9 devices target applications in industrial and building control, HVAC, Point of Sale (POS) terminals, printers and medical devices, smart grid with data concentrators, human machine interfaces (HMI) and machine-to-machine (M2M) market segments. The new SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, SAM9X35 devices expand Atmel’s existing ARM-based portfolio by supporting a range of key technology features required for applications. These key features include replacing SDRAM with DDR2 memory for more memory-intensive applications; NAND flash support with 24-bit ECC for reduced system cost; and more communication channels including dual 10/100 Ethernet, dual CAN and up to 3x USB ports for a variety of application requirements.
Conexant Systems semiconductor solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem and video surveillance applications, has introduced the “CX93040” controller-based modem that utilizes a SPI interface. The “CX93040 “is available as a V.32bis version, a V.34 version and a V.92 version. The “SmartModems” integrate a microcontroller, digital signal processor, memory and a SmartDAA interface onto a single die while the “CX93040” is well-suited to POS terminals and set-top-boxes where the modem is used as a back channel.