Infineon’s mega memory security chip awarded BSI’s highest security certificate

November 19, 2015 - 

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has awarded Infineon’s SLE 78, its newest security controller for electronic passport and other ID applications, with the highest security certificate according to Common Criteria EAL 6+ (high).

Based on Infineon’s “Integrity Guard” technology, SLE 78 security controller has the industry’s highest memory density of up to 1.1 Mbytes.

Having a large memory density on a small surface space is an essential component of meeting the latest LDS 2.0 standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which require the secured storage of personal and biometrics data as well as electronic visas, entry and exit stamps on electronic passports.

The SLE 78 security controller uses the VHBR (Very-High-Bit-Rate) protocol to process large amounts of data as fast as possible at border controls by improving the stability of contactless communication between the electronic passport and the corresponding reader.

Additionally, Infineon has been recognized in two of the 10 categories at SESAMES Awards, which was held Tuesday evening as part of the Cartes Secure Connexions event in Paris.

Infineon’s OPTIGA Trust E security solution won “Best IT solution” as well as in the “Golden SESAMES” special category, as judged by a panel of independent industry experts.

Previously reported, 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.

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