Innova Card Launch USIP Professional IC

Friday 29 October 2004 10:37 CET | News

Innova Card has launched USIP Professional IC, the first member of the USIP (Universal Secure Integrated Platform) family.

USIP Professional IC is designed and dedicated to all smart card applications that need a high level of confidentiality and security like payment, e-commerce, identity, healthcare, network access, and mobile applications. USIP Professional IC allows terminals manufacturers to painlessly and quickly design new generations of secure smart card terminals while reducing drastically their cost (estimated between 30 to 40%): low-cost terminals for emerging countries, secure readers for PC or PDA, light, small and extremely performant mobile (GSM, GPRS, 3G), and wireless (Bluetooth, Wifi) terminals. USIP Professional IC is a secure System on Chip (SoC), EMV and FINREAD compatible, which integrates all the functionalities required to build new generations of smart card terminals. The USIP platform embeds the most secure 32-bit RISC processor (MIPS32 4KSd) from MIPS Technologies. It is a high-performance and low-power core designed for embedded applications. A full panel of controllers and analog/digital interfaces are available: smart card controllers, magstripe interface, thermal printer interface, RTC controller, LCD interface, DMA controller, communication interfaces (USB OTG, SPI, I2C, PS2, IrDa, parallel, UARTs, etc), General Purpose I/Os, PWM, watchdog/timers, ADC inputs, etc. USIP Professional IC embeds memories (128KB ROM, 128KB SRAM, and 256KB FLASH) and includes a cryptographic interface module to encrypt and decrypt data transferred to additional external memories (SRAM, SDRAM, FLASH). In terms of security, USIP Professional IC provides a large set of patented security and cryptographic features that facilitates applications development and enhances the global security level. A secure Memory Management Unit (MMU), security management functions, physical and logical countermeasures are implemented to protect the integrity of the chip. Internal sensors have been included to monitor the temperature, the frequency and the voltage, and therefore ensure that the IC is running securely and in a correct way. To reduce the power consumption and therefore be integrated into mobile applications, this chip provides frequency management functions and operating mode selection functions that enable to change parameters by software over the time depending on the applications need. USIP Professional IC also includes flexible software layers. A Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) allows porting operating systems or virtual machines, as well as EMV Level 1 driver and low-level softwares onto the chip. Basic drivers and libraries with cryptographic algorithms (RSA, DES, AES, and elliptic curve cryptography) are offered too. The Trusted Logic STIP profile has also been ported onto USIP Professional IC to run SmartPOS application from VISA. USIP Professional IC is made in a 0.16µm technology from Philips Semiconductors. It brings the latest technology to smoothly migrate payment terminals to the EMV standard, painlessly design new and secure smart card terminals in a short time, and reduce drastically their cost. These cost, time, low-power consumption and performance advantages make USIP Professional IC ideal for a variety of markets such as financial, healthcare, e-government, multimedia, etc. To help terminal designers to build new smart card terminals with USIP Professional platform, Innova Card is offering an USIP Development Package (UDP). This UDP is a flexible development tool that makes easier new terminals development and test, operating systems and applications portage, and specific software layers development (drivers, communication stacks, etc). Availability Development version of USIP Professional IC is available now. Production version of USIP® Professional IC will be available in January 2005 and priced at €15 in 50k quantities. The USIP Development Package is also available for âââ

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