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Electronics Production | December 01, 2010

NXP unleashes microcontroller for secure multi-applications

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today launched the SmartMX2, a new family of secure microcontrollers built on the IntegralSecurity architecture.
The SmartMX2 is designed to provide unprecedented levels of security for multi-applications without compromising on convenience, performance or design productivity. With its flexibility and scalability, the SmartMX2 covers a wide range of applications such as eGovernment, banking, PayTV, mobile transactions, public transport, access management and device authentication.

A major trend in identification today is the movement toward supporting multiple applications in a single secure smart card and in NFC-enabled mobile phones. The new German national ID card, for example, can be used instead of a passport when traveling within Europe, and also facilitates secure online transactions. Another example is the Taiwan Easy Card which unifies functions including public transport ticketing, micro-payments, event ticketing and student ID. Further, NFC-enabled phones will provide consumers with a wide range of applications that enhance user convenience and security.
SmartMX2 from NXP removes much of the complexity associated with designing identification cards supporting multiple applications, while integrating the highest possible levels of security and performance.

"Today's market is no longer simply a case of applications within a vertical sector -- instead we are increasingly looking at convergence between vertical markets. Already there is crossover between electronic identity and payment, as well as more development of infrastructure enabling both payments and transportation on a wider scale," said John Devlin, practice director, AutoID and Smart Cards, ABI Research. "In Russia, for example, the government is aiming to integrate national ID, social security, public transport and payments onto a single card. In addition to the increased complexity demanded of these solutions, the ability to fulfill multi-faceted security standards whilst remaining flexible and scalable is paramount."

"Multi-applications have been around for a few years, but so far the industry has been slow to fully embrace this trend due to the increasing complexity with each new generation of design," said Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager of Identification, NXP Semiconductors. "What the NXP SmartMX2 product brings is the groundbreaking IntegralSecurity architecture, as well as outstanding performance and a smooth path to implementation, to help our customers get to market faster and save both time and cost."

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