NXP Identification Business recently reached a major milestone, having shipped more than 500 million SmartMX security chips. Since the product launched in 2001, NXP’s SmartMX chips have been incorporated into a wide variety of contact and contactless applications.

SmartMX is the technology of choice in a range of applications, including payment and bank cards, access management schemes, mass transit infrastructures, device authentication and eGovernment solutions such as ePassports, driver licenses, national ID and health cards. It’s the trusted choice for commercial and government environments, where a variety of tasks — identification, payment, access, and data protection — need to be performed with security and reliability.

Within the ePassport market alone, NXP is currently involved in more than 80 percent of all ePassports schemes worldwide, having shipped over 150 million SmartMX chips to 68 out of 79 countries including the US, France and more recently China. In the finance industry, leading players such as MasterCard® are also using NXP’s SmartMX security chip to power fast and secure contactless payments. Further outstanding SmartMX design wins include the nationwide electronic transport ticketing infrastructure in Germany, smart metering schemes and PayTV conditional access cards including mobile TV.

SmartMX is the most advanced solution available in its targeted segment, combining exceptionally powerful coprocessors for PKI and secret key encryption to support RSA, ECC, DES and AES, with the high-security, low-power, performance optimized asynchronous technology. SmartMX enables trouble-free implementations of state-of-the-art operating systems and open platform solutions including Java Open Platform and MULTOS, while offering an optimized feature set and the highest security.

SmartMX microcontrollers are manufactured using advanced 0.1418 µm, 5 metal layer CMOS process technology and support Class ‘C’, ‘B’ and ‘A’ voltage ranges (1.8 – 5 V), as required by application standards such as 3GPP for 3G mobile communications and the credit / debit card standard EMV. SmartMX is based on a proven secure C51-compatible architecture offering a wide choice of interface options (ISO 7816, ISO 14443 and USB 2.0) and is available with cryptographic coprocessors for 3-DES and optional AES algorithms and a crypto accelerator called FameXE for PKI algorithms.

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