NXP launches MCU IC Mifare Plus

NXP Semiconductors, a semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced that it will launch its microcontroller smart card IC Mifare Plus at CarteS 2008, November 4-6 in Paris, France.

According to the company, Mifare Plus is the latest addition to NXP's Mifare family of chips, a technology for contactless smart card ICs used in transport networks and access management worldwide.

At CarteS, NXP will demonstrate multiple levels of enhanced security available to customers with Mifare Plus, including 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the easy migration path from existing Mifare Classic implementations. The chip complements NXP's range of contactless microcontroller ICs, such as Mifare DESFire and SmartMX, which are already providing levels of performance and security in the automatic fare collection, access management, eGovernment and banking markets, the company said.

Jonathan Collins from ABI Research points out that "NXP's Mifare technology has helped push contactless smart cards into transport ticketing, payment and access management. Mifare Plus presents a ready path for existing Mifare contactless transportation schemes to migrate to a new level of security and raises the security for new deployments and applications."