MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced certification of a new 16-bit chip-card controller as compliant with the most severe security criteria currently defined for ICs in smart-card applications.
Infineon said its SLEC66CX320P controller received the E4 high-security rating from the Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC) group. The 16-bit controller has also been the only chip-card device to be tested as fully compliant with security requirements defined by the German Digital Signature Act, according to Infineon. This act regulates all security requirements, including technical components and necessary services, with respect to digital signatures in Germany, said Infineon.
The Munich company said its chip-card controller has passed all product evaluation tests performed by TUV Informationstechnik GmbH, an independent evaluation organization in Essen, Germany. These tests covered the chip's central processing unit, crypto-coprocessor, the true random number generator (RNG), and additional security logic. The RNG offers a level of confidence at 99.97%, said Infineon.
The SLE66CX320P is being fabricated in a 0.25-micron process technology and available now for volume shipments. In quantities of 10,000 units, the device is priced at $6.50 (or euro 6.90) each.