Next-generation smart card IC for fast, tamper-proof transactions

November 18, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
NXP Semiconductors' SmartMX2-P40 platform of chip card microcontrollers is aimed at large-scale projects in the banking and electronic-government (eGov) markets where there are concerns about identity theft, fraud and privacy.

The SmartMX2-P40 has a RISC MRK3-SC core and meets common criteria EAL5+ level certification via NXP’s IntegralSecurity architecture. The platform has been optimised for mass market chip card projects, effectively balancing the provision of more secure cards with the overall project investment.

SmartMX2-P40 offers dedicated co-processors for asymmetric RSA/ECC and symmetric DES/AES cryptography, and comes equipped with a certified hardware abstraction layer (HAL) and crypto library. An ISO/IEC 7816 contact interface ensures that the SmartMX-P40 can be used in existing chip card infrastructures.

NXP says that even with a general trend towards contactless and dual-interface chip cards, the contact chip card Banking and eGovernment markets not only show continuity, but are expected to significantly and consistently grow further.

NXP; www.nxp.com/products/identification_and_security/smart_card_ics/smartmx2_p40/