Infineon launches FIDO single-chip reference design for secure USB token

June 1, 2015 - 

Infineon Technologies AG has launched the first FIDO certified single-chip USB token reference design supporting the FIDO Alliance Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication standard.

The reference design is based on the Infineon SLE 78 security controller with integrated USB interface, offering a cost and size effective solution for high security authenticators.

Using the Infineon reference design, manufacturers will be able to quickly implement compact and secure USB tokens that are compliant with the FIDO U2F authentication standard.

The U2F USB token can store and protect secret keys, as well as generate cryptographic signatures for log in to any FIDO-enabled website.

This adds a second factor to the authentication process that is only compatible with the intended website, effectively safeguarding users from phishing attacks.

“The FIDO Alliance has made enormous progress towards its goal of simplifying the computing ecosystem by providing simpler, stronger authentication,” said Joerg Borchert, VP of the chip card and security business at Infineon Technologies North America. “As a world leading supplier of technology to protect identity and authenticate users, we are firmly committed to helping the industry advance the state-of-the-art in security to the benefit of individual and enterprise users.”

Infineon, which is also a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, contributes regularly to the group’s specification development and has released a number of FIDO certified products.

Previously reported, Infineon Technologies AG recently introduced embedded security controllers for premium smartphones and wearables at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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