Broadcom Introduces New Microcontroller Family with NFC Built-in

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FREMONT, CA: The rallying cry around IoT is keeping chip manufacturers on the edge of their seats. In today’s mobile-first connected world, chip manufactures are witnessing unprecedented demand for a plethora of secured computing solutions with a small form factor. To seize this massive opportunity, Broadcom announces extension of its StrataGX portfolio with a new family of secured microcontrollers (MCUs) built with integrated NFC for a range of connected devices.

The latest BCM58100 has been designed to cater to the demands of businesses for an effective, secured connectivity solution. These new MCU family can be implemented in mobile PoS terminals, IoT devices, computers, and other applications. These MCUs are based on low-power ARM Cortex M3 processor with up to 250MHZ and advanced power management.

The BCM58100 is based on BroadSAFE architecture that offers tamper protection, encryption, secured storage, safer processing of both card information and biometric user data such as fingerprint, iris, facial templates, and more to thwart foul play.

The new MCU family is compliant with FIPS – an acronym for Federal Information Processing Standard . It supports payment certifications Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Europay, MasteCard, and Visa (EMV). It implements multiple tap functinality to communicate with other NFC-based products in a secured manner. It has NFC compliant reader and integrated EMV smartcard and magstripe (MSR) readers.

"The rapid proliferation of smart devices connected to the Internet has led to serious concerns regarding the safety of consumer and business data," said Christopher Moezzi, Broadcom Senior Director, StrataGX Processor Marketing, Compute & Connectivity. "By delivering premium security and industry leading performance in a power-efficient design, Broadcom's latest secure MCUs continue our leadership in mPOS terminals and extend our reach into small, low-power connected devices."