First 40nm embedded secure element chip for mobile and IoT devices

February 27, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
NXP Semiconductors N.V., has unveiled its PN80T embedded Secure Element (SE) and NFC system. Claiming to be the industry's first 40nm SE, the PN80T is designed to ease development and implementation of an extended range of secure applications for any platform including smartphones, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The innovative chip combines best-in-class RF performance, exceptional flexibility in NFC antenna design and state-of-the-art secure element performance, which results in fast transaction times and field updates – consequently leading to better end-user experiences.

“As the number of connected devices increase, so does the risk of IoT-driven cyberattacks. These privacy breaches may just be the beginning, if the security in consumer IoT devices remains unchanged,” said Ruediger Stroh, Executive Vice President of Security and Connectivity at NXP.

“NXP’s ‘secure-by-design’ approach, exemplified in the PN80T chip, helps our customers and partners mitigate risk of security breaches, stay ahead of any rules and security requirements set forth by trusted authorities, and empowers the IoT ecosystem of devices to house trusted applications, associated credentials and cryptographic data in a secure environment.”

With more than one billion NFC chipsets being deployed in the market today, NXP’s engineering expertise further advances the technology (ABI Research, 2016). The new PN80T system includes a high performance NFC controller that enables a smaller NFC antenna to fit smaller and thinner form factors than before. The controller delivers best-in-class RF performance, allowing communications at further distances as well as a significantly improved RF interoperability of 99 percent. Furthermore, with the increased performance of the SE, transactions times at payment and transit terminals in China could be reduced by 40 percent compared to previous generations, which brings mobile transactions up to the speed and convenience experienced through contactless cards.