NXP confirms market position



NXP Semiconductors has announced that its secure microcontrollers represent the major share in Germany’s eHealthcard deployment.
Enabled by the elektronische Gesundheitskarte, the system aims to enhance the public health system in Germany by improving the availability and accessibility of patient data. NXP says its secure SmartMX technology will ensure that access to this data is conducted securely, providing the best possible protection of patient data and privacy.
The eHealthcard rollout is a major initiative by the German government to standardise the provision of healthcare across the country by ensuring that 60 million citizens with statutory health insurance – about 75% of Germany’s total population – have the new cards by 2013. Information contained on the cards includes the insured person’s name, date of birth, gender and address, as well as insurance number and insurance status. More than 80% of the deployed eHealthcards – a total of 50 million – will be secured by NXP’s SmartMX security technology.
According to NXP, to date, the SmartMX product family has received 74 Common Criteria certifications with augmented security level (EAL5+), the largest number in the industry for one high security platform. Recently, the company’s SmartMX2 solution received the industry’s first EAL6+ certification for a high security microcontroller with a contactless interface based on 90nm technology.
NXP says the eHealthcard deployment is the third major eGovernment project in Germany in which it is the main provider of the secure microcontroller. In addition to the eHealthcard deployment, NXP powers the German national eID card and the German ePassport.
The company adds: “Given that Germany is a country with some of the world’s highest security and quality standards, these deployments serve as significant endorsements of the SmartMX technology.”
Additionally, NXP says it is the global leader in secure eGovernment deployments, with 86 out of 102 countries, or approximately 85% of worldwide ePassport projects, using NXP’s secure microcontrollers.
According to ABI Research’s March 2012 eGovernment research report, NXP expanded its global leadership to a market share of 43%, which is more than twice as large as its closest competitor. “Germany is a leading market for the innovative use of eID for eGovernment services. Many other countries are closely following how new secure public-commercial opportunities are being created, resulting in improved uptake and adoption by citizens. NXP is well positioned to build upon its success with the German eID card and now also the electronic healthcard in the eGovernment market,” says John Devlin, group director Security and ID at ABI Research.


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