NXP to Produce Security Chips for US Government Applications

NXP Semiconductors has announced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the United States, enabling the Company’s US facilities to manufacture security chips for government applications that can support critical US national and homeland security programs. Upon completion of the expansion project, NXP facilities in Austin and Chandler will be certified to manufacture finished products that exceed the highest domestic and international security and quality standards.

This initiative advances NXP’s long-term commitment to developing secure ID solutions for federal, state and local government programs in the United States and demonstrates their deep dedication to serving the American market. The expansion program further positions NXP to deliver solutions for the IoT, connected devices and many other fast-growing applications in the United States as we continue to be a major contributor to the country’s global leadership in the semiconductor industry.

As the market leader in secure identification solutions, NXP’s proven technology is included in core components that power secure government-issued ID documents in more than 120 countries, and is used by 95 countries worldwide to secure electronic passport programs.

NXP R&D manufacturing facilities in San Jose, Austin and Chandler have also undergone a thorough security site certification process to produce Common Criteria EAL6+ SmartMX microcontroller family products. Common Criteria is an international set of guidelines and specifications developed for evaluating information security products to ensure they meet a rigorous security standard for government deployments.

SmartMX, the platform of choice for highly secure and fast data transactions, is a proven solution for contact, contactless and dual interface applications with over six billion ICs deployed in the field. The SmartMX microcontroller platform:

  • secures transactions for over one-third of chip-based payment cards in circulation, serving banks all over the world.
  • serves as the core component in a variety of digital identity schemes and is deployed in nearly 120 out of 145 countries implementing e-Government programs.
  • is used in many sovereign electronic documents such as ePassports, citizen cards, national ID cards, driving licenses, social security cards and health cards.
  • is the 6th generation in the market, with NXP holding the most security certificates in the industry.
  • is the preferred technology for the secure element of NFC-enabled phones.

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