Texas Instruments to Deliver RFID Payment Solution To MasterCard PayPass

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Texas Instruments announce plans to deliver ISO/IEC 14443 compliant radio frequency identification (RFID) chips designed to meet the stringent security requirements for MasterCard Internationals PayPass line of RFID payment cards and tokens. TI will submit this new RFID product for MasterCard certification in the second quarter of 2005. Full production is planned to start in the second half of this year

MasterCard PayPass is a new contactless RFID payment program that provides consumers with a quicker and easier way to pay for goods and services. Using MasterCards PayPass, consumers simply present their payment card, or other PayPass device, to a merchant terminal, eliminating the need to swipe a card through a reader or fumble for change. The new solution is ideal for quick payment environments where speed is essential, such as quick serve restaurants, petrol stations, chemists and drug stores, supermarkets and cinemas etc.

TIs new 13.56 MHz RFID chip is the latest to be introduced in a series of solutions based on the companys ISO/IEC 14443 technology platform. This proven platform features products with universally accepted and standardized cryptography, using National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved crypto algorithms, including Triple DES and SHA-1.

The ISO/IEC 14443 standard allows for this increased level of security because it supports significantly faster rates of data exchange (up to 848 kbits per second), enabling more complex security information to be passed between an RFID card and reader without affecting the users experience. As an added feature, read ranges for products based on the ISO/IEC 14443 platform are also limited to 4 centimeters (roughly 1.5 inches), further increasing the security of the transaction.

As credit and bank card issuers expand pilots throughout the United States and into other countries, the opportunity for TI to serve this market with its secure ISO/IEC 14443 solutions is significant. The December 2004 Nilson Report indicates that payment card manufacturers shipped 4.38 billion units to card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, and ATM cards) and retailers (both credit and pre-paid cards) in 2003. In the first half of 2004, MasterCards customer financial institutions worldwide had issued more than 627.5 million MasterCard-branded cards, a 6.6% increase over the same period in 2003, according to an August 2004 MasterCard press release.

"The financial services industry recognizes that ISO/IEC 14443-based RFID solutions provide the stringent levels of security required for conducting payment transactions," said Shawn Rogers, director, wireless commerce and Tag-it products, Texas Instruments RFid Systems. "With our heritage in pioneering technologies in new markets, were working with many leading bank card issuers and credit card companies to bring these highly reliable and secure RFID solutions to this market."

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