MCUs step up security with PUF anti-cloning

November 16, 2016 // By Julien Happich
NXP Semiconductors' SmartMX2 P60 Step-Up! MCUs integrate unique security features such as PUF (Physical Unclonable Function) anti-cloning technology for higher encryption key protection and confidential data exchange.

To be first in market in smart cards, NXP is collaborating with MaskTech, the leading independent 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 like ePassports, eID cards, driving licenses, health cards, payment cards and embedded security. The latest SmartMX2 generation builds on the IntegralSecurity architecture. It includes new security enhancements such as PUF support to secure the keys against new attack scenarios via unique “silicon fingerprint” with each single circuit, hardware-support for dedicated cryptography in certain regions: SEED (Korea), OSSCA (China), end-to-end encryption, AES and DES coprocessors for high resistance to side-channel attacks.

The MCUs come with a mature development tool kit, the SmartICE based on a true Bondout Chip with identical-to-product hardware for a safe and application-compliant implementation with full planning reliability. The SmartMX2 platform is Common Criteria EAL6+ certified (EAL 5+ with MIFARE and/or DESFire EV1 inclusion), and EMVCo approved.

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