Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Becomes SmartCard-Equivalent Security Certification as First Mobile SoC
– Secure processing unit can perform high-security applications previously performed only by external security chips, saving OEMs material costs –
SAN DIEGO – June 25, 2019 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced the Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit, a secure on-die element recently introduced as part of Qualcomm® The Snapdragon ™ 855 mobile platform has been certified to Common Criteria EAL-4 +, the gold standard for securing and verifying the security of smart card hardware. The internationally recognized certification makes the Snapdragon 855 the first mobile SoC (System on Chip) that achieves the security level of a smart card. With the integrated Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit, Qualcomm's OEM customers can save BOM costs without compromising security, and provide the performance and performance improvements associated with integration with leading process nodes.
Examples of current Qualcomm Secure products Processing Unit use cases include Android Strongbox Keymaster and Gatekeeper. Qualcomm Technologies' demonstration at MWC Shanghai this week is another example of the capabilities of the certified Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit: an integrated SIM (iSIM) demo from Qualcomm Technologies and Gemalto, a Thales company. In the future, features such as Offline Payment, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Transit, Electronic ID, and Crypto Wallets will not require a discrete security chip.
"Completing EAL-4 + Certification Certification marks an important milestone on our way to providing smart card security to Snapdragon customers and users. Applications that previously required separate security chips can now be fully integrated into Snapdragon 855 devices, "said Jesse Seed, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc." This certification is testament to Snapdragon's first developments in the industry 855 brings to market and Qualcomm Technologies continues to be a leader in embedded security. "
Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit certification has been approved by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The BSI certification program is known to be very strict and recognized worldwide.
"As a national certification body, BSI has demonstrated with this certification that Common
Criteria (ISO / IEC 15408) is the first choice to ensure high security for complex products such as
SoCs. Certification in accordance with international and transparent standards is an important contribution to increasing user confidence in the security of IT products.
Information security is a prerequisite for successful digitization, "said Arne Schönbohm, President of the Federal Office for Information Security
" Improving security is a top priority for all of our platform releases, "said Dave Kleidermacher, Head Google: "With Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit, our OEMs can meet the rigorous requirements of the Android StrongBox, and we look forward to seeing partners implement them to leverage key StrongBox features, such as credential and payment security improvements."
"We are committed to advanced integrated security with the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit to accelerate the adoption of embedded SIM (eSIM) -based mobile communications in a variety of consumer devices." Jean-François Rubon, Director of Strategy, Mobile Communications Solutions , Thales.  "This innovation is based on GSMA's global eSIM specification. This will be an excellent foundation for all sorts of interesting products in all markets," said Jean-Christophe Tisseuil, head of SIM, GSMA. "The industry-recognized assurance of safety in this work is critical, and we congratulate Qualcomm Technologies for achieving this significant level of certification for an innovative product."
Snapdragon 855 with the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit is already in production offering improved performance Features, in addition to industry-leading security features. Launched as the world's flagship device, it is the industry's first commercial mobile platform to support multi-gigabit 5G, on-device AI, and immersive extended reality (XR) connectivity, creating a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices initiates.
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