NXP MCU powered SAC e-passports in Germany and Switzerland

Date: 25/04/2014
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced its SmartMX2 Security microcontrollers based supplemental access control (SAC) electronic passports are rolled out in Germany and Switzerland. NXP claims its SmartMX2 Security microcontrollers are highly secure by having Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) introduced SAC in the third generation of ePassports to provide additional layers of security on top of those already deployed in the first two ePassport generations.

Germany and Switzerland are well recognized for having the most demanding requirements from both a security protocol and performance perspective for their ePassport programs. Choosing NXPs SmartMX2-P60 secure microcontroller enabled them to provide the most advanced and secure ePassport solution to their citizens, ensuring that identities are safeguarded at the highest level, said Marcus Rosin, general manager secure identity, NXP Semiconductors. Migrating to SAC-compliant ePassports in a timely and risk-free manner is important for all nations in the European Union and, as such, 2014 will be a milestone year. NXPs SmartMX2 products and our vast experience with global ePassport rollouts help mitigate the risks and provide a fully-compliant SAC ePassport solution.

The closest competitor for NXP in this area of Security microcontroller is Germany-based Infineon.

Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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