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Maxim’s DeepCover Microcontroller Gets Ready to Market Successfully Passes High-level Security Test

MAX32550 DeepCover

Maxim Integrated Products announces that their integrated MAX32550 DeepCover secure microcontroller in the latest XAC Automation Corporations security key pad and smart card readers—E200NP and E200CP have successfully passed the stringent PCI-PTS 4.1 certification requirements.

For PCI-PTS 4.1 certification rules over products increased levels of differential power analysis and simple power analysis (DPA/SPA) attack testing.

Maxim claims to be the only supplier that provides a cryptographic library with sophisticated algorithm protection enabling XAC’s products to pass these extremely challenging DPA/SPA certification tests. The company asserts to provide its customers with a security evaluation report from an independent laboratory that significantly helps reduce PCI-PTS certification time and costs.

The MAX32550 DeepCover secured with ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller integrates all the essential functions for secure mobile payment and pin pads, including:

  • Cryptographic engine
  • True random number generator
  • Battery-backed RTC
  • Environmental and tamper detection circuitry
  • Magnetic stripe reader
  • Smart card controller with embedded transceiver to directly support 1.8V, 3.3V, and 5V cards, and integrated secure keypad controller.

Citing on the new certification, Gregory Guez, Director, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated said, “Maxim’s DeepCover embedded security products provide a high level of integration and security that make it easy for our customers to shorten time to PCI-PTS certification and get to market quicker. Customers like XAC can save time and resources using the MAX32550-LBS+ because its cryptographic library already includes the needed countermeasures.”

“Maxim’s security team provides valuable support—they worked with our XAC engineers and the testing lab through the entire PCI-PTS certification process,” said Edmund Chang, founder and CEO of XAC Automation Corporation. “Maxim’s roadmap of embedded security products gives an added level of protection that we can provide to our customers.”


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