Taiwan-based XAC Automation's latest security key pad and smart card readers—E200NP and E200CP—which incorporate Maxim Integrated Products' MAX32550 DeepCover secure microcontroller, have successfully passed the stringent PCI-PTS 4.1 certification requirements.

For PCI-PTS 4.1 certification, products must pass increased levels of differential power analysis and simple power analysis (DPA/SPA) attack testing. Maxim is the only supplier that provides a cryptographic library with sophisticated algorithm protection means, which allowed XAC's products to pass the challenging DPA/SPA certification tests. Maxim also provides its customers with a security evaluation report from an independent laboratory that significantly helps reduce PCI-PTS certification time and costs.

The MAX32550 DeepCover secure ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller integrates all the essential functions for secure mobile payment and pin pads, including cryptographic engine, true random number generator, battery-backed RTC, environmental and tamper detection circuitry, magnetic stripe reader, smart card controller with embedded transceiver to directly support 1.8V, 3.3V, and 5V cards, and integrated secure keypad controller.

EETI Maxim 01 Figure 1: MAX32550 functional diagram (Source: Maxim Integrated)

"Maxim's DeepCover embedded security products provide a high level of integration and security that make it easy for our customers to shorten time to PCI-PTS certification and get to market quicker," said Gregory Guez, Director, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated. "Customers like XAC can save time and resources using the MAX32550-LBS+ because its cryptographic library already includes the needed countermeasures."