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Moversa to demonstrate universal NFC chip

Thursday 5 February 2009

The U-SAM will be available in both embedded and SIM form factors. Built-in software from Moversa enables seamless switching amongst the different contactless technologies. It also supports standardized communication interfaces such as SPI, ISO7816, UART and SWP (ETSI compliant). To host multiple contactless operating systems smoothly, the U-SAM runs on a widely used secure CPU core based on high performance 32-bit architecture with a high density embedded non-volatile memory. To address the highest security requirements for contactless transactions, the chip supports DES/3DES, AES, RSA, ECC and its hardware is targeted to receive Common Criteria EAL 5+ and EMVCo certification. The Moversa’s U-SAM will begin sampling to selected customers during the middle of 2009. Volume ramp-up is expected during the first half of 2010.

Moversa is a joint venture created by Sony and NXP in November 2007 focusing on contactless technologies (cf. Smart Insights #07-47). Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the company develops and markets a secure chipset that supports NXP’s Mifare and Sony’s FeliCa smart card technologies as well as contactless technologies from other providers.’ Moversa’s chipset will drive global adoption of contactless smart card applications in portable devices.