At this years MWC, NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled its new PN80T embedded Secure Element (SE) and NFC solution. It is the Industry’s first 40nm SE and is designed to ease development and implementation of an extended range of secure applications for any platform including smartphones, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The chip combines best-in-class RF performance, exceptional flexibility in NFC antenna design and state-of-the-art secure element performance, which results in fast transaction times and field updates – consequently leading to better end-user experiences.
“As the number of connected devices increase, so does the risk of IoT-driven cyberattacks. These privacy breaches may just be the beginning, if the security in consumer IoT devices remains unchanged,” said Ruediger Stroh, Executive Vice President of Security and Connectivity at NXP. “NXP’s ‘secure-by-design’ approach, exemplified in the PN80T chip, helps our customers and partners mitigate risk of security breaches, stay ahead of any rules and security requirements set forth by trusted authorities, and empowers the IoT ecosystem of devices to house trusted applications, associated credentials and cryptographic data in a secure environment.”
With more than one billion NFC chipsets being deployed in the market today, NXP’s engineering expertise further advances the technology (ABI Research, 2016). The new PN80T system includes a high performance NFC controller that enables a smaller NFC antenna to fit smaller and thinner form factors than before. The controller delivers best-in-class RF performance, allowing communications at further distances as well as a significantly improved RF interoperability of 99 percent. Furthermore, with the increased performance of the SE, transactions times at payment and transit terminals in China could be reduced by 40 percent compared to previous generations, which brings mobile transactions up to the speed and convenience experienced through contactless cards.
Building on the success of well-established NFC applications such as mobile payment and transit, the PN80T can fuel a range of new security applications that are not NFC-related. For mobile devices, the PN80T can be used as a high-level security protection enclave. Being ELA6+ certified, the highest CC level of any SE in the market, allows manufacturers and developers to enhance platform security by enabling devices to use biometric information for access. The PN80T is designed to secure this sensitive biometric information.
Stepping up in features and enablement, PN80T unleashes business opportunities in many domains of security by:
- integration in Qualcomm’s popular MSM8998 platform,
- offering OS updates independent from the TSM,
- the use of Loader Service, the enabler of simpler deployment of value added services, eliminating the burden of costly TSM for any business size,
- smooth and broad service deployment supporting MIFARE4Mobile®, a technology used to manage MIFARE-based services in NFC mobile devices, from over-the-air installation to end-user interaction,
- best performance and robustness against tearing events and durability through NXP combined design expertise in both hardware and software
- offering a dedicated reference design and test bed to support R&D activities and development of wearables and applications using embedded eSE technology
At Mobile World Congress, NXP will demonstrate secure fingerprint identification in which the eSE could be used independent from the NFC controller to store private data in any type of connected device.