NXP adds PUF to SmartMX2 microcontroller


NXP Semiconductors has unveiled its next generation of SmartMX2 P60 Step-Up! that offers customers security features such as Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) anti-cloning technology for higher encryption key protection.

The company says: “Today, many Smart City initiatives seek to make urban living simpler, safer and healthier. These initiatives drive greater demand for secure technologies to protect individual and financial credentials. To address this demand, NXP’s new SmartMX2 P60 Step-Up! Secure Element provides secure authentication and confidential data exchange.”

To be first in market in smart cards, NXP is collaborating with MaskTech, a provider of high security smart card operating systems for electronic identification cards, travel documents and authentication solutions. Together, the companies will add PUF anti-cloning technology to secure smart cards for applications such as ePassports, eID cards, driving licenses, health cards, payment cards and embedded security.

“Security and convenience for smart city solutions are of paramount importance,” says Dr Hans Hanauer, managing director, MaskTech. “By adding the support for the PUF feature in the new MTCOS version, MaskTech stays at the leading edge of high security smart card technology. PUF is a completely new technology for the protection of credentials. We’re pleased to work with NXP, the leader in secure identification solutions, to deliver these smarter cards into the market.”

“NXP has a relentless commitment to develop state-of-the art products that meet the high-end security requirements for sensitive applications like payment, eGovernment and access management,” says Sébastien Clamagirand, senior director and general manager, Secure Identification at NXP. “Seeing the first roll-out of SmartMX with PUF technology is a great milestone and addresses the market need for high secure identification solutions.”


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