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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

STMicro launches first EAL6+ high security smartcard controller

Supports latest security protocols and enhanced contact/contactless operation, surpass credentials of competing components

STMicroelectronics has announced details of its formal EAL6+ Common criteria certification - the highest security standard applicable - for its ST23YR80 secure dual microcontroller including its optional crypto libraries.
ST's chip is the world's first secure microcontroller to achieve EAL6+ according to the Common Criteria 3.1 methodology. Other processors have been accredited at lower levels or using less stringent methodologies. ST applied formal methods, which guarantee all states and transitions are known, from the beginning of the processor's design, resulting in formally proven high security with optimal ease of use and efficiency. The EAL6+ certified device is capable of completing a secure passport transaction in less than 3 seconds using secure embedded software from Sagem Securite, a hi-tech company in the Safran Group, called IDeal Pass, which is the fastest competitive solution certified to EAL5+. This is vital not just for obvious high secuirty applications such as passports, but also for medical cards and increasingly for bank cards.
Practical benefits will include high productivity and security at border controls and short wait times for travelers. All e-passport norms are supported, including Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control (EAC) using the highest crypto-key length. In addition, the ST23YR80 obtained a Certificate of conformity to ISO/IEC 14443 standard from SOLIATIS LAB: Reference SL.E.CER.0912.001.

Key features of the ST23YR80:
-- Enhanced crypto-processor NESCRYPT
-- Optional full feature certified crypto library
-- High CPU clock frequency
-- Dense on-chip memories:
-- 80 Kbytes EEPROM
-- 390 Kbytes user ROM
-- 8Kbytes of Ram
-- Enhanced contactless performances using ISO14443 type B interface

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