Infineon FIDO Ready Certified Device Portfolio Now Includes USB Token Reference Design Based on SLE 78 Security Controller
Neubiberg, Germany, October 28, 2014 – As part of its commitment to simple, strong authentication, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today announced availability of a USB token reference design supporting FIDO Alliance Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication standards. This FIDO Ready™ USB token, based on the Infineon SLE 78 security controller, enables rapid design of a U2F-compliant authenticator that will allow end users to take advantage of second factor authentication without the need for cumbersome manual methods.
The reference design supports Google’s Security Key 2-step verification, which was announced earlier this month. With Security Key, a U2F USB token that contains a secret cryptographic signature is used to log in to Google web sites. The token will only exchange its signature in a valid Google site, thus protecting users from phishing attacks.
“Integration of simpler, stronger authentication in the web browser and in web-based applications is an important step in the creation of a more secure computing environment for enterprises and individuals,” said Joerg Borchert, vice president of the chip card and security business at Infineon Technologies North America. “As this approach is adopted across multiple browsers and in additional applications, we get closer to a computing ecosystem that provides maximum protection for hundreds of millions of users.”
Infineon, a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, already provides security controllers to several manufacturers of FIDO Ready™ authentication devices, including this USB token reference design, a uSD card containing an embedded Secure Element and the Infineon OPTIGA TPM (Trusted Platform Module).
About The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2013 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 3.84 billion with close to 26,700 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).