Electronic passports demonstrate how privacy can co-exist with security, helping build public acceptance of using integrated circuits in a range of documents from ID cards and health-cards to driving licenses.

Background information

Over the next ten years, most of the 750 million passports currently in use will be replaced by electronic passports. Driving advances in smart card technology, secure contactless identification and biometrics, the electronic passport market will also bring about all kinds of improvements to payment and access control schemes all over the world.

For these types of documents, controlling access to sensitive personal information is a fundamental requirement. Our secure smart card IC product families feature highly advanced counter-measures against attacks as well as hardware firewalls, ensuring personal data stays safe and secure on the chip. As a result, Common Criteria EAL 5+ security certificates have been awarded to chips from all our smart card IC families including the SmartMX 36K, 72K and 80K electronic passport chip solutions.

By supporting standards and creating innovative technology, NXP helps increase security for people and organizations everywhere. Our SmartMX ICs for electronic passports are improving security for travelers by delivering the memory, security and reliability for biometric identification. With SmartMX – the world’s first contactless ICs to meet ICAO requirements for ePassports – NXP delivers increased safety and convenience for people traveling across international borders.

Key achievements

  • NXP was first to supply high volume solutions for ePassport schemes (since 2005)
  • Almost 100 million ePassports chips delivered (Nov 2007)
  • NXP fully understands privacy concerns and project complexity and drives standardization.
  • Best in class interoperability for electronic Passport & reader chips
  • NXP was the first to introduce: dual interface IC, contactless PKI IC, IC with 3 interfaces, award-winning thinnest contactless chip package (MOB6 in 250 m)
  • Leader in chip security: NXP received industry’s first Common Criteria EAL5+ certificate for: BAC / EAC ePassport hardware platform
  • Leader in chip and packaging technology: #1 in contactless chip technology (2 billion chips sold), unique, ultra low power designs, industry-leading reliability with data retention of 20 years

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