Dual interface, secure microcontroller offers strong user authentication

May 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Compliant with the latest chip card security and interoperability standards, this secure microcontroller has been designed for e-Government applications such as passports, ID and health insurance cards

Inside Secure, designer of embedded solutions for securing transactions, content and digital identity, has added the AT90SC28880RCFV2, a dual interface (contact and contactless) secure microcontroller with a cryptographic library. The MCU provides strong security at high speed for e-Government applications, mainly digital identification. It complies with the ISO 14443 contactless card standard, fulfilling industry-wide compatibility requirements for transactions between contact or contactless cards and readers.

There are high numbers of readers already deployed but they are heterogeneous. Inside’s applications engineering laboratory carried out extensive testing to ensure AT90SC28880RCFV2’s interoperability. It was tested against a wide selection of readers in the field using ISO14443 test suites. Its interoperability was verified at 100%, allowing the company to users with greater flexibility to carry out strong user authentication using any reader and in accordance with strict security requirements.

AT90SC28880RCFV2 is one of the very few microcontrollers on the market that is able to perform highly secured identification operations at a very high speed, up to 6.8 Mbits/sec with contactless readers. Benefits of AT90SC28880RCFV2’s Very High Bit Rate (VHBR) come in the form of faster user authentication for checking passports at control gates or electronic badges at checkpoints in less than a second.

The Common Criteria EAL5+ (ANSSI-CC-2013/59) and ICAO layer 2 certifications achieved by INSIDE’s new dual interface secure MCU will allow smart card vendors to host the MCU on smart cards used for passports, ID and health insurance cards. With this highly certified level of security, smart card vendors will have an even more robust microcontroller that comes with high-speed operation.

Digital identification is used to reduce fraud and identity theft. It also eases citizen access to government services and documents. According to Eurosmart, the international association for the Smart Security Industry, the 2014 world market figures for smart secure devices in government applications is forecast to reach 400 million units, with shipments up 14% from the previous year.

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