SafeNet, a leading provider of Internet security technology that is the de facto standard in the VPN industry, announced the availability of the SafeXcel-810 chip for secure smart card readers. The SafeXcel-810 chip is an integrated circuit, which was originally developed by Securealink BV, designed for stand-alone smart card readers and keyboards with built-in readers. With solid and proven security technology within the chip, the SafeXcel-810 is already poised for success with its first major customer. NMB Technologies, the world’s leading keyboard manufacturer, has selected SafeXcel for financial and e-commerce transactions.
The SafeXcel-810 chip performs all encryption functions necessary to make a secure smart card reader. Combining secure PIN entry, an LCD interface, and authenticated download of applets in a smart card reader, the SafeXcel-810 chip is suitable for a variety of applications including e-commerce transactions, home banking, and identity verification. NMB will be deploying the SafeXcel-810 chip in its secure keyboard readers and offering the combination to major OEM computer manufacturers for these types of applications.
The SafeXcel-810 chip also includes key features necessary to produce USB smart tokens. Designed to interface with USB ports found on laptops, keyboards, and monitors, USB tokens have the same functionality as smart cards in a smaller form factor. The SafeXcel-810 chip provides an 8051 processor, memory, cryptographic engines and on-chip Flash memory for tokens.
“The SafeXcel-810 chip combines unique technology and top-notch security expertise. We chose this chip to offer to major OEM customers because we believe it to be far superior to other offerings on the market,” said Myron Jones, Executive Vice President for NMB Technologies. “SafeNet’s reputation and name are synonymous with high quality and advanced technology. We have great confidence that our combined technologies will offer the e-commerce industry a solid solution for conducting secure keyboard transactions.”
The SafeXcel-810 is easily customizable for OEM customers who have particular requirements. With 48 Kbytes of Flash memory, devices can be configured with specific needs of the customer in mind. The Flash memory within the SafeXcel-810 also makes it easy for customers to upgrade through Internet downloads. The SafeXcel-810 chip allows for a secure area ROM where customers can permanently apply custom configurations to their reader at the time of manufacturing. And with SafeNet’s Keysmart(TM) technology, downloading applications can be done securely and easily.
“The SafeXcel-810 answers the growing need for securing critical applications like e-commerce transactions, secure logons or even medical records access. Organizations and consumers alike, will gain more confidence in secure communications over the Internet with products like the SafeXcel-810 chip,” said Henk Pruim, President for SafeNet BV in the Netherlands. “Our relationship with NMB is the first step for assuring these markets that the Internet can be a safe place with the right encryption technology. The SafeXcel-810 chip is another vehicle to further distribute our SecureIP Technology(TM).”
About SafeXcel-810 Chip
Part of the Transaction Device Series in SafeXcel silicon chips, the SafeXcel-810 is designed for stand alone smart card readers and keyboards with built-in smart card readers. The SafeXcel-810 contains interfaces on the chip, thereby alleviating external components. The SafeXcel-810 smart card reader IC contains a 24 MHz 8051 compatible processor and three cryptographic accelerators. The SafeXcel-810 can perform all encryption functions necessary to make a smart card reader secure. A variety of interfaces make the SafeXcel-810 suitable for many applications. Interfaces for USB1.1, RS232, a keyboard, an LCD, two smart cards and a serial EEPROM are provided.
– Secure PIN Entry: provides users with additional protection assuring that their PIN number is encrypted before passing through the PC, an inherently insecure place for PIN numbers in the clear.
– Secure Logon/Authorization: A simple yet critical feature that gives the user two-factor authentication for that added level of security–something the user has, and something the user knows. The SafeXcel-810 is attractively priced for these types of applications.
– Ability to run downloaded applications called Smartlets.
– Combined with unique SafeNet Keysmart(TM) Technology: supports the verification of Smartlets in order to guarantee secure access to smart card secured data. Applications:
– E-commerce transactions
– Secure PIN entry
– Home banking
– Secured access to medical records
– Secure logon
– Identity verification
– Secure PC applications
– Hash code verification
– Modular exponentiation accelerator
– 512, 1024, 2048 bits
– 100 ms for a 1024 bits verify
– 3DES Accelerator – 120 Kbps
– SHA-1 Accelerator – 100 Kbps
– True Random Number Generator – 75 Kbps
A developer toolkit is available to assist with the system integration process.
The SafeXcel-810 chip is available now for $10 per chip in quantities of 10,000.
About SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of Internet security utilizing its SecureIP Technology(TM), has set the industry standard for virtual private network (VPN) technology and secure business communications. The company brings more than 18 years of experience in developing, deploying, and managing network security systems for the most security-conscious financial institutions and government organizations around the world. SafeNet’s proven technology has emerged as the de facto industry standard for VPNs, establishing the company as the provider of choice for leading Internet infrastructure manufacturers, service providers, and security vendors. Customers include Texas Instruments, Samsung, Centillium Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Nokia, and 3Com. With SafeNet securing the infrastructure of today’s e-business communications, the company is opening new markets for interoperable, secure, and deployable VPN communications. For more information, visitDetails