NXP’s MIFARE® DESFire® EV2 Fast Tracks Multi-Application Smart Cards 1. March 2016

New development platform helps combine creativity with high levels of security and effective key management

Karlsruhe, Germany, March 1, 2016 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today, announced the launch of a new contactless development platform specifically designed to champion new and emerging business models for the smart card market – MIFARE® DESFire® EV2 contactless IC.

Offering an improved operating range and security support from NXP’s latest platform, MIFARE DESFire EV1, up to Common Criteria level EAL5+ MIFARE DESFire EV2 is an ideal platform to enable the smart infrastructures of tomorrow. With DESFire EV2 multiple applications, such as public transport ticketing, bike rental, access management, closed-loop payments, membership, loyalty programs and much more, can now be integrated on a single smart card.

The new MIFARE DESFire EV2 platform is fully backwards compatible with existing MIFARE DESFire installations, offering a fast replacement and migration for established providers wanting to upgrade their systems. The new product platform will be demonstrated at the IT-Trans Conference and Exhibition, held March 1-3, 2016 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

One of the differentiating features of NXP‘s new MIFARE DESFire EV2 is the ability to seamlessly incorporate and add different applications onto the smart cards once they have been issued and are being used by consumers. In the past, adding new applications to a smart card already in circulation was cumbersome – updates typically required access to the master security key and so cards had to be recalled from the field. Different operating environments also limited the types of applications that could be loaded onto the card resulting in additional complexity when creating apps. Now, with the innovative MIsmartApp and an enhanced key management system developed for MIFARE DESFire EV2, independent system integrators can create a single application for different environments or card systems without the card provider sharing the master security key.

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