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By Beth Bacheldor

NXP Intros Icode DNA Chip for Secure Vicinity Applications

NXP Semiconductors has added the Icode DNA chip to its Icode family of high-frequency 13.56 MHz RFID tag ICs compliant with the ISO 15693 standard.

Similar to the Ucode DNA UHF chip that NXP introduced a year ago (see NXP Releases IC for Secure Encrypted UHF Reads), the Icode DNA supports advanced encryption standard (AES) cryptographic authentication—a feature that the company says enhances privacy protection and security for vicinity applications. Icode DNA provides medical equipment and high-value brand manufacturers and suppliers with convenient document tracking and authentication from source to sale along the supply chain, the firm reports.

The new Icode DNA chip combines traditional AES cryptographic authentication, Near Field Communication (NFC) readability and cloud connectivity, according to NXP. It provides cryptographic authentication to enable privacy protection through ISO/IEC 29167-10 standardized tag authentication. The device's cryptographic security uses three 128-bit keys based on AES algorithms. The high data integrity of 16-bit CRC framing and a data transfer of 53 kilobits per second enables fast anti-collision read, NXP reports, while the persistent quiet mode feature allows for faster inventory speed than before. Additionally, systems integration can be made easy via a broad range of supporting tools.

According to NXP, research and development team leaders at Techsun Group say Icode DNA represents a fundamental approach to ensuring the authenticity of its clients' products, such as liquors, in order to target counterfeiters and illicit trade. RFID tags made with NXP's Icode chips will enable luxury brand owners to track and authenticate their products from source to sale along the supply chain, NXP explains.

"With Icode DNA, our customers can be confident they are providing their clients industry leading standards of protection," said Ralf Kodritsch, the segment manager of RFID solutions for NXP's secure identification business line, in a prepared statement. "Our customers rely on us to deliver technology and security solutions that are easy to integrate. The customer programmable originality signature is an additional feature that, in connection with the NFC phone readability, will open a range of possibilities for our customers' clients."

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