Bluetooth reference design gains FIDO (authentication/security) approval

June 28, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Online applications on mobile devices, Infineon notes, require new methods of secured log-in. The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has developed security standards for strong authentication that are simple to use and protect more efficiently from fraud. Infineon claims the first FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy (BLE) reference design for wireless authentication tokens.

By using such a token in addition to their password, consumers can conveniently and securely authenticate their online activities on mobile devices. “63 per cent of all successful online breaches can be tracked back to inadequate passwords,” said Joerg Borchert, Vice President of the Chip Card & Security Division at Infineon Technologies Americas and Board Representative in the FIDO Alliance. “The FIDO industry standard is a great opportunity to improve both the security and usability of online services.”


Bluetooth low energy as a communication protocol can connect an authentication token to mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port. At the core of the FIDO BLE reference design is an Infineon Secure Element which performs fast cryptographic operation and securely stores the code. Being certified and FIDO-ready, the reference design allows manufacturers of connected security devices to integrate the FIDO Universal 2 nd Factor (U2F) standard with the BLE transceiver of their choice.


The FIDO Alliance’s U2F standard uses public key cryptography to add second factor authentication to online log-in services. As a founding and Board Member of the FIDO Alliance, Infineon worked closely with other FIDO member companies to develop the standards. FIDO is already implemented by companies such as Google, DropBox and GitHub. Infineon, the leading supplier of embedded security solutions, accelerates implementation of FIDO with reference designs supporting U2F USB, U2F NFC, and U2F BLE standards.


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