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New venture set to develop security chip

New venture set to develop security chip

Semiconductor maker NXP and consumer electronics giant Sony Corporation have entered into a joint venture that the partners claim will fuel the global adoption of contactless smart card applications in mobile phones using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
The new joint venture company is called Moversa.
According to the joint venture partners, Moversa will plan, develop, produce and market a secure chip - a Universal Secure Access Module (U-SAM) - that incorporates both MIFARE and FeliCa operating systems and applications. The latter are two of the most widely installed contactless smart card technologies in the world, NXP and Sony said.
The U-SAM will also support other contactless operating systems and applications based on customer requirements. Moversa will be headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and led by co-presidents Guus Frericks of NXP and Toshio Yoshihara of Sony, they added.
"Moversa signals the next step in the evolution of contactless technologies. Combining multiple contactless technologies in a single secure chip opens a vast array of opportunities for service providers to roll out great new services to consumers on a global scale - from using your handset as a credit card, to making online purchases and paying for public transportation," said Marc de Jong, executive vice president and general manager of NXP Semiconductors.
According to Hiromasa Otsuka, corporate executive and senior vice president of Sony Corporation, solutions developed by Moversa "will enable users around the globe to enjoy a wide range of services."
"Moversa will also bring Sony great opportunities to offer, on a worldwide basis, the contactless IC business model it has established in Japan, where mobile phone wallet services are deployed in multi-application, multi-handset and multi-carrier modes," Otsuka said.
Moversa's U-SAM, when used with an NFC chip, will create a universal contactless IC platform for mobile phones that can be used globally.
"The formation of Moversa will accelerate the adoption of NFC on a global level. Since its co-inventors, NXP and Sony, introduced the short-range wireless technology to the market in 2002, NFC has proven popular in numerous trials, opening up new opportunities for commercial mobile services around the world," the joint venture partners said in a statement.
Moversa's solutions will enable consumers to use mobile handsets for contactless applications such as mobile payments and transport ticketing, anytime, anywhere. Hardware manufacturers will also benefit from U-SAM products since vendors could use the technology to design mobile devices compatible with different contactless protocols and operating systems, the partners said.
"This enables service providers, such as mobile phone operators, transportation network operators and credit card companies, to accelerate the rollout of advanced contactless services to mobile phone users. First samples of the secure chip will be available by mid-2008 for solutions embedded in mobile phones," they said.