HID Global Partners with NXP to Enhance Card Flexibility and Security for e-ID/Smart Card Manufacturers

News Highlights:

  • Partnership with NXP Semiconductor to incorporate secure microcontroller IC in new HID Global ultra-thin Polycarbonate (PC) ePrelaminate inlay solution. 
  • Ideal for electronic ID (e-ID) cards and is more than 30 percent thinner than other alternatives, freeing space for added security features.
  • Leverages patented HID direct bonding technology for added durability and flexibility during card construction.

AUSTIN, Texas –August 4, 2015 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced an ultra-thin Polycarbonate (PC) ePrelaminate inlay for electronic ID (e-ID) cards that is more than 30 percent thinner than alternatives.  The new offering is the first HID Global inlay to use its patented HID direct bonding platform technology, which is available for high frequency (HF) systems. NXP Semiconductors is HID Global’s first qualified partner supplying IC chips for this product. 

HID Global’s new inlay takes advantage of its proven process of directly bonding chips to wire-embedded air-coil antennae for low-frequency animal ID and automotive applications, without the bulk of added modules. The company has successfully leveraged its direct bonding technology for HF applications, enabling manufacturers to develop the smallest HF formats available in the market while delivering uncompromised performance. By using this method in its new ultra-thin inlays, HID Global is providing smart cards with a durable and reliable connection between the card’s intelligence – the IC chip – and its antennae. 

“With this new ultra-thin inlay, we continue to extend the unique capabilities of our government solutions while offering smart card manufacturers around the world the ability to extend the range of products they can offer their customers,” said Rob Haslam, vice president of Government ID Solutions for HID Global. “This is also representative of the strong collaboration between HID Global and NXP, who share the mutual goal of assuring the best inlay quality and reliability for secure, long-lasting smart cards.”

In addition, the thinner inlay offers e-ID and smart card manufacturers more flexibility in card construction. The narrow dimensions of HID Global’s ultra-thin inlays 200 microns instead of the typical 350 microns provide manufacturers with room to add more security features on both sides of an e-ID card during construction, while still complying with international ISO thickness standards.

“This is an important step in our shared goal of offering smart card manufacturers the thinnest, most durable, reliable and flexible inlay solutions possible for today’s space-restricted high-frequency smart card solutions,” said Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager, Secure Identification Solutions, NXP Semiconductors. “Working with an innovative company like HID Global ensures our market leading secure microcontrollers are available in versatile form factors for use in a wide range of smart card applications.”

NXP Semiconductors successfully qualified its SmartMX2 P60D080 secure microcontroller IC for inclusion in HID Global’s new ultra-thin PC e-Prelaminate inlay that adapts well to the HID direct bonding technology. Additionally, the companies partnered to create a special Megabump design to elevate the benefits of the direct bonding process (patent pending) and offer customers a solution that can be applied to many ID card applications.

HID Global’s ultra-thin Polycarbonate (PC) ePrelaminate inlay solution is available now.
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About HID Global Government ID Solutions
HID Global offers an end-to-end portfolio of highly secure, custom government-to-citizen ID solutions. From components to integrated solutions delivery, offerings include professional consulting services, data capture, card management, distributed ID personalization and issuance solutions, optical security media, and ID card printers/encoders and laminators to world-leading credentials and eDocuments, readers, inlays, prelaminates. The company has delivered more than 150 million eIDs in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, ePassport, foreign resident ID, worker ID, driver’s license, and vehicle registration programs worldwide.  Additional information on the complete portfolio of HID Global’s government ID solutions can be found at http://www.hidglobal.com/main/citizen-id/.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates solutions that enable Secure Connections for a Smarter World. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the application areas Connected Car, Security, Portable & Wearable and Internet of Things. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $5.65 billion in 2014. Find out more at nxp.com.

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About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, Quantum Secure, and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit http://www.hidglobal.com

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HID Global
Anthony Petrucci
Director, Global Public Relations
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NXP Semiconductors
Jens Stuhr
Global Head of External and Internal Communications
Business Unit Security & Connectivity
+49 (0) 40 5613 – 2286
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