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Date: 16-12-14

Sony selects ST's security MCU chips

Sony selected STMicroelectronics' latest dual-interface secure microcontroller to power the new micro payment-enabled cards that will reach Japanese consumers by H1 2016.

Secure microcontroller ST31G480 is claimed by ST as the only device available today that can automatically detect and handle different types of radio-frequency communication used by the card readers. This enables Sony and other OEMs to develop and deploy contactless multi-application payment cards that can operate across different standards, infrastructures, and geographies.

New smartcard payment solution by Sony is scheduled to be available in the market in first half of 2016. This is first such smartcard payment in Japan to combine both the latest VISA/MasterCard/JCB dual-interface payment schemes and the FeliCa-based payment applications in a single chip. ST says its chip-card technology ensures stable transaction speeds, robustness, and ease of use.

“The unique advantages of ST’s secure microcontroller have enabled us to integrate, in a highly secure and cost-effective manner, standard payment and FeliCa-based applications in a single chip,” said Kazuyuki Sakamoto, Senior General Manager, FeliCa Business Division, Sony Corporation. “This technological advancement will increase convenience for Japanese consumers by expanding the opportunities to use their payment cards in many different settings and situations with unprecedented ease.”

“Our cooperation with Sony further strengthens ST’s position in the digital security arena, facilitating the deployment of secure and convenient contactless solutions to tech-savvy markets like Japan and Asia,” said Marie-France Florentin, General Manager, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics.

ST's ST31 chip-card microcontrollers are built on the ARMSecurCore SC000 processor with support for optional MIFARE libraries and Calypso transport-card standards enhancing multi-application versatility. The ST31 platform complies with EMVCo and Common Criteria EAL6+ security certifications and cryptography standards such as DES, AES, RSA and ECC.

FeliCa is a contactless RFID smart-card system developed by Sony Corporation that is in widespread use in Japan and other Asian countries. It is compliant with the NFC-F standard for use in applications such as public transportation, e-money payment, access management, event ticketing, and customer loyalty programs.

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