Infineon Technologies AG has released the 40 nm SLC36 / SLC37 security controller platforms with high-performance and energy-efficient 32-bit ARM SecurCore SC300 dual-interface security chips.
“With the increasing demand for contactless ID, transit and payment transactions, high-performance smart security architectures and products are required to withstand the ever more stringent security requirements of post-quantum security while maintaining high contactless performance,” said Ioannis Kabitoglou, Senior Vice President & General Manager Smart Card Solutions at Infineon. “We have leveraged our know-how and cross-industry expertise in security and PQC design to develop, qualify and certify the next generation of the leading dual-interface security controller. With the 40 nm platform, we have been able to reduce development efforts for our customers through accelerated product and solution design and enable rapid time-to-market.”
The new hardware platform is supplemented with a SOLID Flash memory and is optionally available with or without the latest application solutions. The product families come complete with a full range of dual interface and contactless modules including traditional and inductive coupling technologies.
The crypto controller platform offers outstanding performance and flexibility for contactless payment, ID, ticketing, and access applications. With this, Infineon particularly supports the increasing trend towards digital and connected devices that meet the latest cryptographic requirements for AES and ECC.
Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic (Covid-19), many people prefer contactless and hygienic transactions and payment methods. In 2019, 25 percent of the citizens in Germany used cashless payment methods, whereas, by 2020, 50 percent were already choosing cards over cash.
Globally, contactless transactions using cards and wearable devices grew by 40 percent; 80 percent of these for amounts less than US$ 25 – an area previously dominated by cash payments. The trend towards further contactless digitalization is likewise unstoppable in ID and transit applications.
Based on the ARM SecurCore SC300 architecture, the 40 nm family covers the full range of the market, from the smallest to the most powerful chip, and in compliance with the latest crypto logical requirements for ECC and AES.