Infineon’s NFC solutions: Combining performance and security

NFC raises the bar for security, performance and convenience for the mobile device industry

NFC is entering the consumer technology mass market and is about to revolutionize everyday activities bringing a new era of transaction and personal mobility into our daily life.

Based on 13.56 MHz Radio Frequency technology, NFC provides extended wireless uses cases to mobile devices. Considering existing mobile and contactless infrastructures, NFC devices increase customer convenience and enable services such as: 

  • Mobile Payment  
  • Transport and eTicketing
  • Access Control
  • NFC-enabled Mobile ID
  • Loyalty Programs
  • Device Pairing
  • Smart Poster Reading
  • Peer to Peer Information Exchange

Applications such as NFC Mobile Payment utilize information that end customers want to keep private. Personal data and financial transactions have to be protected by the usage of NFC Secure Elements employing robust security concepts similar to the security levels provided by certified credit cards.

Infineon is Partner of Choice within the NFC ecosystem

Infineon is principal member of the NFC Forum and other NFC-relevant standardization bodies. We actively drive and influence the NFC market development for many years.

Infineon supports open standards

such as CIPURSE™ from the OSPT Alliance. The CIPURSE™ system eases the deployment of NFC solutions for ticketing and transport applications. It operates on standard infrastructures and does not require specific terminal and specific TSM management. CIPURSE™ offers a clear and transparent licensing scheme for the NFC Stakeholders.

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Our products support every approach to bring NFC into mobile devices:

  • NFC Secure Elements offering the perfect fit for every NFC application and business model,
  • NFC tags supporting smart posters, loyalty programs and device paring,
  • Protecting Diodes protecting NFC antennas and front-end devices from transient voltage events.       

Our unique and complete portfolio of NFC secure elements

With our vast expertise in SIM and Payment applications, we develop secure NFC solutions answering today´s challenges of the Mobile Payment market. The whole portfolio is security proven with certification according to Common Criteria and EMVCo. Products profile and performance are defined considering the related market requirements: ultra low power contactless products for dual interface secure elements, high performance 32-bit processor for SWP and embedded SE and others.

SWP Secure Element    
Since 2007, the Single Wire Protocol interface is the standard interface connection between the UICC/SIM and the CLF (ContactLess Frontend) modem within NFC-enabled mobile devices. Infineon´s SLE 97 SOLID FLASH™ Family is the state-of-the-art product generation, for high performance security chip cards supporting the SWP interface. The SLE 97 family is provided in various form factors, addressing besides SIM/UICC Secure Elements also embedded a swell as microSD Secure Elements. The SLE 97 products implement a 32-bit CPU based on the ARM® SecurCore® SC300™, enhanced by Infineon´s Cache and Security Technology.

Dual Interface / Boosted NFC Secure Element
The Infineon SOLID FLASH™ Dual Interface (DI) Security Controllers, such us the SLE 78 Family, are highly secure controllers supporting the simultaneous communication of both contact based and contact-less interfaces; compared to typical controllers that actually support only one interface at a time (e.g., contact-less only for paying, contact-based only  for usage at a bank terminal). As the derivative of the product families, the Infineon Boosted NFC Secure Element provides turn-key solution of ultra-small mobile payment secure components with integrated contactless antenna, for example the Boosted NFC MicroSD or SIM, to enable the fast deployment of mobile payment services.

All Infineon´s NFC products are certified according to Common Criteria EAL5+ high and EMVCo, necessary for secure transactions such as contactless payment, mobile banking and authentication. Embedded Secure Elements can be provided either as hardware only or as complete bundle including EMVCo approved JavaCard/GlobalPlatform operating system.

NFC tags

With my-d™ move NFC and my-d™ NFC, we provide  a broad range of NFC Forum Type 2 Tag Operation ICs ideally suited for open NFC applications like device pairing, information sharing, smart label and smart poster reading. Additionally we offer also products compliant to NFC Forum´s Type 4 Tag.

Related Videos

Infineon´s NFC video shows the benefits our products have to offer for typical NFC applications like Mobile Payment, Access Management, etc. Learn more about our unique and complete portfolio of NFC Secure Elements which support every approach to bring NFC into mobile devices.

Infineon’s Björn Scharfen speaks at the Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference 2013 about the importance of Secure NFC and the vital role that it plays in mobile commerce.

NFC-enabled handsets enhance the mobile customer experience by enabling information exchange and smart applications. Applications such as NFC Mobile Payment utilize information that users want to keep private. Personal data and financial transactions must then be protected by the usage of NFC Secure Elements utilizing robust security concept similar to the security levels provided by certified credit cards. Infineon Technologies which has been active as an innovation leader in the secure chip card IC (integrated circuit) market for more than two decades, supports the NFC ecosystem with distinct security offerings that meet the requirements for the different NFC platforms in the market.

Presenting Infineon’s breakthrough Boosted NFC Secure Element in innovative smart wearable devices.
Infineon’s Boosted NFC Secure Element is an all-in-one solution for secure NFC payments. Combining ultra-low power consumption and an ultra-small PCB footprint with extraordinary contactless performance, it is the perfect fit for today’s smart wearable devices.