Malaysia: Infineon supplies security chips for new identity cards

Friday 29 June 2012 09:03 CET | News

Infineon Technologies, a German semiconductor manufacturer, has supplied the security chips for Malaysia’s new national electronic identity cards.

As a result, the new smart cards, also known as “MyKad”, will be backed by Infineon’s SLE 78 security controller and Infineon’s ‘Integrity Guard’ security technology. For identification documents Infineon’s ‘Integrity Guard’ security technology offers security with encrypted Dual CPU-core. With this technology, data is encrypted along the entire data path during processing. The security controller core has two processing units, checking each other’s correct function by using error detection.

MyKad is a multi-application national electronic identity card, including biometric identification, which will allow the implementation of numerous additional functions such as Driving License, Health, ATM, eSignature and eGovernment services. In the past years, Malaysia issued approximately two million new identity cards each year.

According to the industrial association Eurosmart, 240 million security chips for security documents have been delivered in 2011. Infineon’s share of this market segment amounts to round 40 percent.

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Keywords: Infineon, security chips, identity cards, electronic identity, MyKad, security technology, biometric identification, eSignature
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