Tiny NFC security module targets smart wearables

Tiny NFC security module targets smart wearables

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The Boosted NFC security module series manufactured by MPS has been awarded the Mobile Finance Secure Element Certificate by the China Financial Authentication body of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). The certificate is a key enabler in the move to address the fast-growing mobile payment market in China.

“Driven by the Internet of Things and always-on connectivity, mobile payment will be implemented on every smart device in the future,” said Thomas Rosteck, Vice President and General Manager of Infineon’s Secure Mobile & Transaction business. “There will be an increasing demand for new system architectures that allow for extremely easy integration of proven and trustworthy hardware security into devices. Infineon is taking the lead in the mobile payment space with innovative solutions such as the Boosted NFC secure element.”

The Boosted NFC security module facilitates hardware integration. At the core of the module is Infineon’s Boosted NFC Secure Element. It eliminates the need for a separate NFC controller which is typically required with conventional solutions to utilize card emulation functionality in a device. Thanks to the booster technology, the NFC antenna and antenna matching components are included into the package with its size of just 4 x 4 mm, reducing PCB footprint by more than 75 percent.

Running on a standard Java security card operating system, the Boosted NFC security module allows flexible loading of multiple Java-based applications (applets) on smart devices. Key element of the NFC security module is Infineon’s flagship SLE78 security chip which combines high security performance with a storage capacity of more than 1 MB. This provides sufficient memory to securely store user credentials and run multiple applications, enabling a single device to replace a variety of cards such as payment cards, public transport tickets and online payment tokens.

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