Infineon Offers Fast Track to Strong Authentication for Online Services with First FIDO Certified™ Single-Chip Reference Design for Secure USB Token
Milpitas, CA – May 29, 2015 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) continues to lead the way to reducing online fraud by today announcing the first FIDO Certified™ single-chip USB token reference design supporting the FIDO Alliance Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication standard. Based on the Infineon SLE 78 security controller with integrated USB interface, the reference design provides a cost and size effective solution for high security authenticators.
Manufacturers can use the Infineon reference design to quickly implement compact and secure USB tokens compliant with the FIDO U2F authentication standard. The U2F USB token is able to store and protect secret keys and to generate cryptographic signatures for log in to FIDO-enabled web sites. This adds a second factor to the authentication that will only work with the intended website, thus protecting users from phishing attacks.
“The FIDO Alliance has made enormous progress towards its goal of simplifying the computing ecosystem by providing simpler, stronger authentication,” said Joerg Borchert, vice president of the chip card and security business at Infineon Technologies North America. “As a world leading supplier of technology to protect identity and authenticate users, we are firmly committed to helping the industry advance the state-of-the-art in security to the benefit of individual and enterprise users.”
Infineon, a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, actively contributes to the organization’s specification development and has released a number of products supporting the goals of FIDO.
The now Certified USB Token reference design offers high security, comprising the SLE 78 chip which holds a Common Criteria EAL6+ certification. Infineon also supplies security controllers to several manufacturers of FIDO Ready™ authentic-cation devices, including a µSD card containing an embedded Secure Element, and the Infineon TPM (Trusted Platform Module). More information is available at www.infineon.com/FIDO.
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. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication with standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services.
Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductors. Infineon offers products and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2014 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with about 29,800 employees worldwide. In January 2015, Infineon acquired US-based International Rectifier Corporation, a leading provider of power management technology, with revenues of USD 1.1 billion (fiscal year 2014 ending June 29) and approximately 4,200 employees.
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).
More information is available at www.infineon.com.