NXP's SmartMX2 secure microcontroller receives CC EAL6+ security certificate

October 05, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
NXP Semiconductors’ SmartMX2 secure microcontroller has been awarded the world’s first Common Criteria EAL6+ certification for a secure microcontroller with a contactless interface based on 90-nm technology.

Issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the EAL6+ security evaluation adds rigorous mathematical testing of the entire security architecture to resistance against various invasive, semi-invasive and non-invasive attacks, thus also formally proving the security concept. The formal mathematical methods implemented leading to the new SmartMX2 security architecture and the corresponding CC EAL6+ certificate provide a significantly higher trust level to customers.

The SmartMX family of secure microcontrollers applies the groundbreaking IntegralSecurity architecture that combines more than 100 different security features including NXP’s SecureFetch protection against laser attacks. The device provides security for a wide range of applications such as eGovernment, banking, mobile transactions, public transport, access management and device authentication. NXP has shipped more than one billion SmartMX chips to its customers including 86 out of 102 countries with ePassport projects.

NXP’s SmartMX2 technology includes IntegralSecurity architecture which has more than 100 security features for attack protection.  The high-performance SmartMX2 CPU with enhanced 8- to 32-bit application instruction set.  The technology features power-efficient, high-speed crypto coprocessors for RSA/ECC and DES/AES.  There is also support for MIFARE DESFire, MIFARE Plus, and MIFARE Classic for applications convergence

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