Infineon’s NFC Solutions: Combining Performance and Security

Infineon provides leading and innovative approaches for your Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions. Our portfolio supports all NFC applications and business models and delivers the security and performance crucial for the success of NFC. Infineon´s proven NFC Secure Elements are used in several NFC projects on a worldwide basis (e.g. SIMpass™, Cityzi)

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 for 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.

More information on: http://www.osptalliance.com

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 perfectly to the 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 adequately to the addressed market: ultra low power contactless products for dual interface secure elements, high performance 32-bit processor for SWP and embedded SE, etc.

  • SWP Secure Elements (SIM, embedded SE, SWP microSD)
    The SLE 97 SOLID FLASH™ Family is our new state-of-the art 32-bit product generation supporting the Single Wire Protocol interface. In addition to the standard SWP SIM market, these security controllers also fulfill performance requirements for embedded Secure Element and SWP SD Card implementations. The  SLE 97 Family implements a dedicated security CPU designed with the ARM®  SecureCore®  SC300™ enhanced by Infineon´s Cache and Security Technology. All products are certified at least with the security level CC EAL5 High and EMVCo necessary to secure NFC transactions. The SWP interface is able to run up to 1.7MBit/s and supports CIPURSE™ and Mifare compatible protocols.          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • embedded Secure Element (eSE) solutions (SLE97144SE, SLE97400SE) 
    They consist of highly secure controllers that incorporate Integrity Guard, Infineon´s digital security technology with fully encrypted data path. They are connected to the NFC modem via the Digital ContactLess Bridge(DCLB) interface: DCLB is a globally open connectivity interface optimized for embedded SE implementation; it is widely implemented by manufacturers of NFC modems and Secure Elements for handsets: to date, more than 10 manufacturers including Texas Instruments, Inside Secure, MicroPross, MtekVision, Crocus Technology and KEOLABS have licensed the DCLB interface.                     

 

  • Dual Interface (DI) Secure Elements 
    The DI Security Controllers, such as the SLE 78 SOLID FLASH™ Family, are highly secure controllers supporting the simultaneous communication of both contact-based and contactless interfaces. Combined with an integrated antenna (e.g. MicroSD) or with a flexible antenna (e.g. SIMpass™), they can support successfully NFC applications. Furthermore, the Boosted NFC SE, a derivative of the Dual Interface Secure Controller family, can be used to overcome the limitations of integrated mirco-antennas on small form factor devices. This solution can significantly increase  contactless communication capability  and thus enables ultra-small secure NFC components in mobile devices, e.g. an antenna-integrated NFC MicroSD or SIM. 

RFID Chips for 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, sticker and smart poster reading

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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.