The new security IC solution combines a fingerprint sensor, secure element and secure processor in a single chip, with enhanced security features enabled by Samsung’s proprietary fingerprint authentication algorithm and technology anti-spoofing
Samsung Electronics, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced its new fingerprint security IC ─ S3B512C ─ with enhanced security features. The new solution is EMVCo and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified and operates in accordance with Mastercard’s latest Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary (BEPS) specifications for biometric payment cards.
“The S3B512C combines a fingerprint sensor, secure element (SE) and secure processor, adding an extra layer of authentication and security in payment cards,” said Kenny Han, vice president of system marketing. LSI at Samsung Electronics. “The S3B512C is primarily designed for payment cards, but can also be used in cards that require highly secure authentications such as student or employee identification, membership, or building access.”
The new security IC is the industry’s first all-in-one security chip solution that reads biometric information via a fingerprint sensor, stores and authenticates encrypted data with a tamper-proof OS, and scans and processes data with a secure processor. With all three key functions integrated into a single chip, the S3B512C can help card makers reduce the number of chips needed and optimize card design processes for biometric payment cards.
With the new integrated security IC, biometric payment cards will enable faster and more secure interactions during purchases. Biometric authentication removes the need to enter a PIN on a keypad and also prevents fraudulent transactions made with lost or stolen cards as it verifies the identity of the cardholder using a unique fingerprint and securely stored.
The solution’s encrypted fingerprint data is stored in an OS that has received globally recognized certifications such as EMVCo and CC EAL 6+. To securely and accurately verify the user’s identity, the new IC comes with a proprietary fingerprint authentication algorithm and a secure processor that extracts and analyzes the unique characteristics of the fingerprint placed on the sensor. Additionally, the chip’s anti-spoofing technology prevents unauthorized users from circumventing the security system with illegitimate methods such as artificial fingerprints.