LFoundry Rousset, Invia, Gemalto
Secure payment transactions are now more convenient than ever, thanks to new technology like near field communication (NFC) and contactless payment systems. Such systems must deliver excellent performance as well as failproof security. In some industries--like transportation, personal identification, and healthcare--the technology currently available is struggling to meet the often-conflicting requirements for speed, security, and low power consumption. The Asmart project aims to develop a prototype integrated circuit for contactless payment systems that can perform secure transactions much faster than the current benchmark--without making the slightest compromise on data security.
The new circuit will use a pioneering asynchronous design--a major revolution compared with existing synchronous circuits. It will have the capacity to perform the ultra-rapid processing required for applications in transportation and personal identification (such as for reading travel cards as people pass through subway turnstiles) and to deliver the infallible security required for banking transactions. With the new circuit, consumers will be able to make contactless payments much faster, opening the door to new types of payment methods such as at entry gates or in football stadiums.