INSIDE Secure Powers Health Card

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.

AT90SC

INSIDE Contactless semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity has started sampling new versions of its “AT90SC” secure EMV smart card microcontrollers, based on 0.13-micron process technology. This gives smart card manufacturers a higher level of security required to achieve certification while maintaining full software compatibility for firmware re-use, and delivers cost improvements to enable more competitive secure products. Security features include dedicated hardware for protection against SPA/DPA/SEMA/DEMA attacks; advanced protection against physical attack, including active shield; environmental protection systems; voltage, frequency and temperature monitors; light protection and secure memory management/access protection.

MICROPASS

INSIDE Contactless announced shipments of its “MicroPass” intelligent payment platform have surpassed 250 million units worldwide. The “MicroPass 4003” contactless payment processor powers more than 30 issuer contactless bank card programs issued in the U.S. and Canada. In 2010, “MicroPass” became the first qualified implementation of STAR “CertiFlash” by the STAR Network, the first implementation of Interac Flash and the qualification of multiple Visa, MasterCard and Discover Network card and mobile sticker products. INSIDE has partnered with all major card manufacturers operating in North America to bring to market more than 60 card, sticker and fob products powered by MicroPass. The payment platform is designed to power open standard contactless and dual-interface bank card payments.

FLASH

INSIDE Contactless delivered its first dual-interface debit card solution compliant with the Interac “Flash” specification. Scotiabank debit cards based on the INSIDE solution and TD Merchant Services’ POS terminals have already been used to perform the “Flash” transactions. The Scotiabank debit cards use INSIDE’s” micropass 6008″ dual-interface payment microprocessor with the resident Interac Flash application. Interac is responsible for the development and operations of the Interac national payment network, allowing Canadians to access their money through automated banking machines and POS terminals.

INSIDE Contactless MicroPass Ships 200 Million Units

INSIDE Contactless has shipped over 200 million MicroPass intelligent payment platform product
with production volume doubling in the 18 months since reaching 100 million units in November
2008. MicroPass is designed to power open
standard contactless and dual-interface bank card payments along with
other value-added applications in all global regions. Based upon a RISC
architecture and optimized to the demanding requirements of contactless
transactions, each of the MicroPass family of products is designed to
meet the demands of issuer organizations in the bank card and mobile
payments, transit, ID and access control markets. Consumers enjoy added
convenience, speed and ease of use afforded by
contactless payments, while issuers and merchants enjoy faster
transaction times, increased spending per transaction, lower operational
costs and penetration into the cash payment market.

INSIDE MICROPASS

INSIDE Contactless has shipped over 200 million MicroPass intelligent payment platform product with production volume doubling in the 18 months since reaching 100 million units in November 2008. MicroPass is designed to power open standard contactless and dual-interface bank card payments along with other value-added applications in all global regions. Based upon a RISC architecture and optimized to the demanding requirements of contactless transactions, each of the MicroPass family of products is designed to meet the demands of issuer organizations in the bank card and mobile payments, transit, ID and access control markets. Consumers enjoy added convenience, speed and ease of use afforded by contactless payments, while issuers and merchants enjoy faster transaction times, increased spending per transaction, lower operational costs and penetration into the cash payment market.

ARM SC000

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.

G&D & ARM

Gieseck & Devrient have partnered with digital technology provider ARM
to offer secure mobile phone platforms. As a first step the two
companies will develop a joint prototype.Through the combination of ARM
TrustZone technology, which creates a protected
area in advanced systems-on-chip, and the highly secure Mobicore
operating system developed by G&D, sensitive applications such as
electronic payment and online banking via mobile phone will be
efficiently protected from security threats.
The interplay of TrustZone and Mobicore ensures that if online services
require security-sensitive functions such as entry of username and
password or data output on a display, these functions are transferred to
the Mobicore high-security operating system running in the TrustZone
protected area of an ARM application processor. As the
security-sensitive functions are executed, Mobicore maintains control of
the secure area of a system-on-chip. Users can therefore be certain that
the data they have entered, such as their username and password, cannot
be manipulated by malware on the phone during a payment transaction.
Acceptance of mobile applications such as banking, ticketing and payment
solutions rests on the security of device and background systems
involved. For this reason, both companies have been working on
innovative security concepts. The interplay of TrustZone and Mobicore
ensures that if online services
require security-sensitive functions such as entry of username and
password or data output on a display, these functions are transferred to
the Mobicore high-security operating system running in the TrustZone
protected area of an ARM application processor. As the
security-sensitive functions are executed, Mobicore maintains control of
the secure area of a system-on-chip. Users can therefore be certain that
the data they have entered, such as their username and password, cannot
be manipulated by malware on the phone during a payment transaction.

MICROPASS 6000

INSIDE Contactless advanced open-standard contactless chip technologies
has introduced its “MicroPass 6000” dual-interface intelligent payment
processor. Designed as an EMV-compliant platform for a new family of
MicroPass, the “MicroPass 6000” offers flexibility, efficiency and fast
time to market for card manufacturers and issuers with both contact and
contactless operation. The core payment platform expands INSIDE’s
multi-brand, multi-application offerings on a dual-interface platform
designed to meet high-volume requirements of EMV markets. Additionally,
the “MicroPass 6000” platform supports both ISO 14443-B contactless and
ISO 7816 contact protocols and is designed to be compliant with both EMV
CL v1.1 and v2.0, type B and EMV v4.1 Book 1 interoperability standards.

SECURCORE & TOSHIB

Digital technology provider ARM has licensed the “ARM SecurCore SC300”
processor to
Toshiba Corporation for use in future embedded security
applications. The ARM Cortex-M3 processor forms the foundation of the
SecurCore
SC300 processor and was specifically developed to target the low-cost
requirements of a broad range of markets and applications where memory
and processor size significantly impact device costs. The “SC300”
processor combines the proven security features of ARM
SecurCore processors, currently the most widely-licensed 32-bit RISC CPU
for smartcards worldwide, with the processing performance of the
“Cortex-M3” processor. This assures full compatibility with other ARM
processors as well as direct and immediate support from the “ARM
RealView” Microcontroller Development Kit which is ideal for developing
the firmware that will run on smartcards.