Samsung Electronics is a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology and today announced its fingerprint security IC (integrated Circuit) – the S3B512C – which has enhanced security features. This new solution is EMVCo certified and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 6+ (CC EAL), and it performs in accordance with Mastercard’s Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary, (BEPS), specifications for biometric payments cards.
“S3B512C combines an fingerprint sensor, Secure Element(SE), and Secure Processor, adding an additional layer of authentication and security to payment cards,” stated Kenny Han Vice President of System Marketing at Samsung Electronics. The S3B512C was designed for use in payment cards, but it can also be used for cards that require highly secure authentications like student or employee identification or building access.
This new security IC is industry’s first all in one security chip solution. It reads biometric data through a fingerprint scanner, authenticates encrypted data using a tamperproof SE, and then analyzes and processes the data using a Secure Processor. The S3B512C integrates three important functions into one chip. This allows card manufacturers to reduce the number required for card manufacturing and optimize card design processes in order to accept biometric payments cards.
Biometric payment cards with embedded security ICs will enable faster and safer transactions when making purchases. Biometric authentication eliminates the need for a PIN to be entered on a keypad. It also protects against fraudulent transactions using stolen or lost cards.
The solution’s encrypted fingerprint data are stored in a SE with globally accredited certifications like EMVCo or CC EAL 6+. The new IC includes a unique fingerprint authentication algorithm as well as a Secure Processor to extract and analyze the unique fingerprint features. This allows for a safe and accurate verification of an individual’s identity. The chip’s antispoofing technology protects users from attempting to bypass security systems by using illegitimate methods like artificial fingerprints.