Paris and Eindhoven, February 11, 2010 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) and Oberthur Technologies, announced today a licensing agreement for NXP’s MIFARE™ technology. This agreement enables Oberthur Technologies to integrate MIFARE™ into its SIM cards globally. This will further drive the adoption of NFC-enabled phones in infrastructures such as public transit, event ticketing, customer loyalty programs and access control around the globe.
Under this agreement, Oberthur Technologies will expand its existing UICC product portfolio adding MIFARE DESFire™ and MIFARE Plus™ technology. This will lead to increased availability of UICC cards incorporating MIFARE™ technology, allowing mobile operators and service providers to broaden their offerings in mobile contactless services. MIFARE™ is the most widespread contactless smart card technology worldwide, providing the benchmark for performance, flexibility and security.
“We are pleased to add MIFARE DESFire™ and MIFARE Plus™ technology to our existing portfolio. This new application will contribute to provide appropriate answers to customers’ need in the field of transport, access management, loyalty and payment”, said Cédric Collomb, general manager cards and services, card systems division, Oberthur Technologies.
“MIFARE™ is the driving force behind contactless infrastructures around the world. With this agreement we bring the convenience of MIFARE™ technology to even more consumers with Oberthur Technologies’ strong position in SIM markets,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “This significant expansion of the MIFARE™ licensing program further underscores the importance of MIFARE™ as an open architecture platform for end-to-end solutions encompassing both smart cards and smart devices such as NFC equipped mobile phones.”
MIFARE™ is a secure contactless technology that is being used in hundreds of contactless infrastructures around the world. NXP has licensed MIFARE™ technology to various manufacturers, with a network of over 1000 partners supplying all the elements of the system. The adoption of the technology into mobile phones is facilitated by MIFARE™ licensed UICC card vendors and the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group which standardises the uniform management of MIFARE™ applications on NFC-enabled secure elements. Oberthur Technologies is both a MIFARE licensee as well as a founding member of the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit www.nxp.com.
About Oberthur Technologies
With sales of 905 million Euros in 2009 and 6,160 employees worldwide, Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and excellence ensure Oberthur Technologies’ strong positioning in its main target markets. :
Card Systems: World’s second largest provider of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence markets.
Identity: A world leader in the manufacture of traditional and electronic secure identity documents. We are also a system integrator and a specialist in know-how transfer - census, personalisation platforms implementation and identity data management.
Security printing: World’s third largest private security printer specialized in the production of banknotes, checks and numerous security documents in more than fifty countries.
Cash protection: World leader in design and manufacture of intelligent cash protection solutions for C.I.T. (Cash In Transit) companies, ATM manufacturers and owners, retailers, post offices and banks.
Close to its customers, Oberthur Technologies benefits from an industrial and commercial presence across all five continents.
Oberthur Technologies S.A. is a limited liability company (société anonyme) registered in France with its registered office at 50 quai Michelet 92 532 Levallois Perret, France. Oberthur Technologies S.A.’s corporate registration number is 340 709 534 R.C.S. Paris.
Note to editors: MIFARE™, DESFire™ and MIFARE Plus™ are a registered trademarks of NXP B.V.