Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that MULTOS will be the first chip operating system supported on its advanced RF360 smart Integrated Circuit (IC) platform for electronic passport (e-passport) and government ID applications. This enables system integrators and government ID providers to immediately begin creating solutions on TI’s RF360 product for this rapidly growing market. MULTOS was selected for its open architecture, proven security mechanisms and broad acceptance in a range of payment and government ID applications around the world, including national IDs and e-passports. TI is licensing the operating system from StepNexus, which owns and maintains the MULTOS specification.
MULTOS Security Assurance
With MULTOS from StepNexus, both the application code and data are secured on TI’s RF360 smart IC products through a proven security architecture enabled by the StepNexus’ Secure Trusted Environment Provisioning (STEPli>) process. The MULTOS provisioning process enforces a series of core security functions when applications are loaded or removed. These functions ensure that applications are only loaded onto or removed from the chip with the permission of the credential issuer; guarantee the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of the application code and data; enforce the strict segregation of applications from interfering with one another; and assure that loading or removing an application does not effect the code and data of existing applications. STEP provides governments with complete control over the issuance, maintenance, and updates of their identity cards and documents.
“The strong, proven security features of MULTOS combined with its non-proprietary architecture and wide acceptance around the world make it a logical choice for supporting on our next generation smart IC platform targeted at a broad range of government ID applications,” said Julie England, vice president of Texas Instruments. “TI will continue to work with other best-in-class OS providers to offer systems integrators a wide choice of operating systems to meet the ever-increasing security, speed and performance levels that their government customers are demanding.”
John Wood, Chairman of the MULTOS Consortium, commented, “We are excited to welcome Texas Instruments to the MULTOS family of implementers. We look forward to working with TI to mutually expand our market share in the rapidly developing secured identity sector.”
Proven OS for Securing Sensitive Data and Identities
More than 60 issuers in 32 countries have issued more than 100 million MULTOS smart cards for a variety of applications worldwide, including banking and payments, government IDs, mobile commerce and transit. Texas Instruments is the first silicon provider to support the MULTOS Operating System on a FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) based product. FRAM, an advanced embedded memory technology, materially improves the speed and reliability of future smart, secure e-passports and government ID documents.
About Texas Instruments
A technology pioneer in secured contactless applications, Texas Instruments delivers many innovative contactless and secured products to the forefront of electronic ID and payments market. ExxonMobil’s SpeedPassli> and the American Express Blue Card leveraged TI’s technical expertise in providing the first “pay-at-the-pump” application and the innovative clear contactless credit card design. TI is developing faster, more secure smart IC applications for the next generation of contactless electronic government-issued identification. High-performance and low-power contactless applications continue to be evidence of TI’s strength in designing robust, yet streamlined products that execute more efficiently. Capitalizing on its competencies in high-volume semiconductor manufacturing and microelectronics packaging, TI is a visionary leader and at the forefront of establishing new markets and international standards for secured contactless applications.
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Education Technology business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
MULTOS is a robust, industry-backed smart card platform delivering simplicity and innovation to the world’s leading issuers. With more than 100 million issued smart cards across 32 countries, MULTOS is overseen and provided by a consortium of 18 smart card and silicon manufacturers, payment schemes, card management system providers, and integrators. A range of applications including payment, authentication, digital identity, biometrics, loyalty, and contactless ticketing may securely co-reside on a MULTOS powered chip.
StepNexus enables a new world of secure services, providing true silicon-based end-to-end security. The company’s STEP technology and services allow enterprises, banks, governments, content providers and other types of service providers to roll out exciting new services and manage digital access to information wherever it flows, ensuring their content and applications are available only to the intended audience, right down to the specific device.