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Integrated MCU provides protection for financial terminals.

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December 5, 2012 - With standards-compliant security features, DeepCover™ MAX32590 suits financial terminals and trusted devices such as multimedia-enabled, portable EFT-POS terminals. External memory encryption and integrity checking simplify system integration while promoting IP and attack protection strength. Along with ARM926 core, single-chip MCU integrates dual external memory controllers and connectivity options that include 10/100 Ethernet MAC and USB host and device controller.

Maxim Integrated Products

120 San Gabriel Dr., Sunnyvale, CA, 94086, USA

Original Press Release

Highly Integrated Microcontroller from Maxim Integrated is the Most Secure, Single-Chip Protection for Financial Terminals

Press release date: November 27, 2012

Maxim's single-chip, secure solution reduces design cost and time to market; provides the highest levels of security for trusted devices.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) announces the latest member of its DeepCover(TM) security products, the MAX32590, the industry's most secure and highly integrated microcontroller. Its improved security features comply with the newest security standards, so it is ideal for financial terminals and new generations of trusted devices such as multimedia-enabled, portable EFT-POS terminals.

As a single-chip secure microcontroller, the MAX32590 is a major advance over prior designs that required numerous additional discrete components for financial terminals. The MAX32590 has more connectivity options than competitive designs, and its improved security features comply with the industry's newest security requirements. External memory encryption and integrity checking both simplify system integration and provide better IP protection and stronger overall protection against attacks. The high level of integration shrinks design size and significantly lowers implementation costs. A full financial-terminal reference design based on the MAX32590 dramatically hastens the design time to market.

Key Advantages

--  High integration reduces cost: an ARM926 core is capable of video playback; dual external memory controllers; extended connectivity options including a 10/100 Ethernet MAC and a USB host and device controller.
--  Shorter time to market: a financial terminal reference design provides a PCI-PTS 3.1 preapproved, fully functioning, plug-and-play financial terminal that runs a secure Linux® BSP.
--  Protects the external memories: unique, on-the-fly external memory encryption and integrity checking.
--  High levels of integrated security: 24kB AES user-encryptable NVSRAM and 256-bit flip-flop key storage with instant erase capability upon tampering; dynamic sensor and environmental sensor controllers for intrusion detection; hardware cryptographic engines; and a public key-based secure bootloader.

Commentary

--  "Designers of financial terminals must manage an ever increasing number of security, connectivity, and multimedia requirements," said Dany Nativel, Senior Business Manager for Maxim Integrated's Security Products. "Maxim's new secure microcontroller and reference design make their work much easier because the MAX32590 already integrates all the necessary functions for the highest levels of security."

A reference design is available upon request--contact Maxim for additional information.

DeepCover is a trademark of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

About Maxim Integrated
At Maxim Integrated, we put analog together in a way that sets our customers apart. In fiscal 2012, we reported revenues of $2.4 billion.

Contact:
Ferda Millan
408-601-5429
ferda.millan@maximintegrated.com

Web Site: http://www.maximintegrated.com

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