Smartcards meet the standard

04 November 2008

Two smartcard controllers are the industry's first to be certified to EAL 5+ of CC v3.1.

The high-density ST23YL secure ICs from STMicroelectronics are claimed to be the industry’s first smartcard controllers certified to Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ (EAL 5+), according to the latest Common Criteria version 3.1.

The ST23YL80 and ST23YL18 secure ICs have been designed to support applications such as PayTV, ID cards, IT security, and payment. The ST23YL platform features an 8bit/16bit secure processor, secure non-volatile memory, and a cryptographic co-processor (Nescrypt) supporting fast and secure public key algorithms such as RSA and elliptic curves. The devices are built using ST’s 0.13micron EEPROM process, resulting in a small chip size and low power consumption.

Common Criteria v3.1, the latest version of the Common Criteria, enables widespread mutual recognition of secure IT products used by global commercial organisations and government bodies. EAL 5+ is the highest achieved assurance level for commercial products, and allows the ST23YL controllers to be used directly in smartcards for highly secure applications with no further reassessment or acceptance testing required. In addition, for payment systems, the ST23YL secure ICs are also certified by EMVCo and have recently been assessed by ZKA authorities as being suitable for the German market.

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