Irvine, Calif. Broadcom Corp. has launched its BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, as part of the company's Trusted Authentication Initiative. The device is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
The BCM5890 features an ARM-based processor that is FIPS Level 3-compliant and can run both secure and non-secure applications. The embedded contactless RFID tag capability enables usage in systems that utilize either the 13.56 MHz (ISO14443 and ISO15693) or 125 kHz frequencies. The BCM5890 chip also features a set of host interfaces that make it ideally suited for a wide range of client and infrastructure applications covering physical access, logical access and contactless payments.
Authentication operations are too often handled on an open processor that is vulnerable to attack. The BCM5890 secure processor is different. It runs in a special secure mode that protects the software, and the security keys that run on it, from tampering or theft. Any system that implements authentication measures, such as biometrics and contactless technologies, will benefit from the use of the BCM5890 secure processor, according to Broadcom.
To enable the rapid porting of secure credentials and applications to the BCM5890, Broadcom also launched its Integrity Platform, enabling manufacturers to develop personal authentication products. The development platform consists of a set of tools and standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs), such as PKCS11 (public-key cryptography standard), that are designed to reduce the customer's software development effort while accelerating time-to-market. As a result, credentials that are ported to the Integrity Platform will run seamlessly on the BCM5890, as well as future Broadcom secure processors.
Broadcom's Integrity Platform enables the convergence of personal authentication by allowing a single platform to manage multiple credentials. As part of this initiative, Broadcom and RSA Security are partnering to embed the market-leading RSA SecurID(R) technology within the BCM5890 secure processor. Once RSA SecurID technology is fully embedded, Broadcom customers developing BCM5890-based solutions will be able to have their products certified as RSA SecurID Ready. This certification will demonstrate to enterprise customers that native RSA SecurID support exists and is available to be activated.
The BCM5890 is currently being implemented in a number of security and personal authentication products that will soon be available on the market. The first of these is the plusID personal biometric authentication device from Privaris Inc., with whom Broadcom collaborated to help shape the architecture of the BCM5890. The plusID device is the first wireless biometric handheld fob designed for both physical and logical access, as well as for contactless payments. The embedded BCM5890 secure processor performs all fingerprint processing on-board, eliminating the need for a biometric database while protecting the user's personal privacy.
The plusID fob is currently in the certification process to be an RSA SecurID Ready device, and, once certified, will be available to enterprise customers for use within existing RSA Security authentication infrastructures. Certification will ensure that the plusID fob, powered by the secure processing capabilities of the BCM5890, is able to generate RSA SecurID
one-time password values for logical access into an enterprise network. Further leveraging the integrated contactless tag within the BCM5890, plusID is compatible with existing physical security technologies and infrastructures from HID, Indala and Kantech. HID will provide a USB compatible device called idBank which is used for the highly secure and convenient transmission and delivery of HID card formats for storage in the Privaris plusID device.
The BCM5890 is sampling today to early access customers and is priced at $15.00 each in 10,000 unit quantities.