SHANGHAI, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry and Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit Co., Ltd. (SHHIC) both announced today the dual-interface financial IC card chip based on SMIC's eEEPROM platform has passed CC EAL4+ certification. SHHIC's SHC1302/2907M4 is the first and only Chinese domestic designed IC to obtain this security certification which is the most recognized in the international IT field.
SMIC's eEEPROM platform is one of the differentiated offerings for mature process nodes with significant size reduction, higher speed, lower leakage and improved power consumption. It targets the fast-growing dual-interface financial IC card market, global contactless smart card market, and as well as any other applications requiring secure identification and frequent data updates. SHHIC's SHC1302/2907M4 chip, based on SMIC's eEEPROM platform, has passed the anti-attack capability (AVA_VAN.5) and product development security (ALC_DVS.2) evaluation with highest international standards. The acquisition of the CC EAL4+ certificate, officially awarded by Norwegian SERTIT, demonstrates SHHIC's outstanding capability of security technology development and management, and the stability of SMIC's eEEPROM platform.
"As a domestic leading smart card chip supplier, SHHIC has been devoting itself to develop contactless products with high security and performance," said Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of SMIC. "After passing UnionPay certification in China, SHHIC's product also received international CC EAL4+ certification. It indicates SHHIC's breakthrough in this field and cements SMIC's leading position in this market. SMIC will continue strengthening the eEEPROM platform development to serve customers more differentiated products."
Mr. RongXin Li, General Manager of SHHIC said, "The cooperation with SMIC symbolizes a new milestone for SHHIC on the eEEPROM platform. SMIC's eEEPROM platform supplies reliable, stable, and low cost solutions for customers to dramatically improve products' competitiveness in the market. With domestic banking system's EMV migration, SHHIC's international CC EAL4+ certification will certainly lead the reform and innovation of domestic chip technology and accelerate the localization process of China's financial IC card chips."