Samsung launches all-in-one fingerprint security IC for biometric payment cards

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new fingerprint security IC codenamed – S3B512C, packed with enhanced security features. 

Samsung unveils all in one fingerprint security IC for biometric payment cards 1

The new IC solution is EMVCo and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified. Also, it performs in line with Mastercard’s latest Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary (BEPS) specifications for biometric payment cards.

The new security IC combines three key functions integrated into a single chip:

  • Reads biometric information through a fingerprint sensor
  • Stores and authenticates encrypted data with a tamper-proof SE
  • Analyses and processes data with a Secure Processor.

Samsung claims that S3B512C can help card manufacturers reduce the number of chips required and optimise the processes for biometric payment cards.

Samsung unveils all in one fingerprint security IC for biometric payment cards

The biometric authentication removes the need to enter a PIN and prevents fraudulent transactions since it verifies the cardholder’s identity using a unique and securely stored fingerprint.

“The solution’s encrypted fingerprint data is stored in a SE that has received globally accredited certifications such as EMVCo and CC EAL 6+,” Samsung mentions in the press release.

The new IC comes with a proprietary fingerprint authentication algorithm and a Secure Processor that extracts and analyzes the unique features of the fingerprint placed on the sensor.

In addition, the chip’s anti-spoofing technology prevents unauthorized users from circumventing the security system with illegitimate methods such as artificial fingerprints.

Kenny Han, Vice President of System LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics, said:

S3B512C combines a fingerprint sensor, Secure Element (SE) and Secure Processor, adding an extra layer of authentication and security in payment cards. The S3B512C is primarily designed for payment cards but can also be used in cards that require highly secured authentications such as student or employee identification, membership or building access.

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