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New smart chip for Malaysian ID

AvantiKumar | July 4, 2012
Germany's Infineon Technologies to supply security chips for Malaysian national identity card, called 'MyKad.'

Dr. Stefan Hofschen, President, Chip Card & Security, Infineon Technologies AG

PHOTO - Dr Stefan Hofschen, president, chip card & security, Infineon Technologies AG.

German semiconductor solutions provider Infineon Technologies is to provide new security chips for Malaysia's national electronic identity card, known as 'MyKad.'

Infineon Technology president, chip card & security, Dr Stefan Hofschen, said the new generation smart card chip features Infineon's SLE 78 security controller with 'Integrity Guard' security technology.

"We have already proven the robustness and reliability of our security chips for identity documents in many projects worldwide," said Hofschen, adding that identity cards need to be used for many years and being subject to intense wear must meet specific high requirements.

"The MyKad programme clearly follows the industrial trend to move from MASK ROM based smart card ICs towards secure and certified state-of-the-art flash controllers like Infineon's SOLID FLASH products," he said. "Therewith we can fulfill the future challenges of government and payment projects while providing a competitive total cost of ownership."

Hofschen said that MyKad would use Infineon's Integrity Guard security technology. "For identification documents with high demands on security and robustness, it offers long-lasting security with encrypted Dual CPU-core, setting a new benchmark for secure electronic documents. With this technology, data is encrypted along the entire data path during processing. The security controller core has two processing units, constantly checking each other's correct function by using sophisticated 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 about two million new identity cards each year.


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