STMicroelectronics introduces smartcard platform

10th June 2024
Caitlin Gittins

STMicroelectronics has introduced the STeID Java Card smartcard platform, designed to meet the latest requirements for electronic identity (eID) and eGovernment applications. 

As secure microcontrollers for eID documents gain importance in combating identity fraud, the STeID platform facilitates the deployment of advanced solutions. Certified to common criteria EAL 6+, the platform includes a secure operating system, STeID JC Open OS, along with a suite of proprietary applets.

The STeID JC Open OS complies with the Java Card 3.0.5 application framework and the Global Platform 2.3.1 security and card-management architecture. This Open Platform OS is equipped to host key applications such as machine-readable travel documents (eMRTD) adhering to the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO 9303 standard. It also supports the electronic driving licence standard ISO 18013 and eIDAS QSCD for qualified digital-signature creation devices, and it will include Match-on-Card support for secure offline biometric authentication.

The STeID Java Card platform incorporates support for Near Field Communication (NFC) specifications, providing a secure framework for creating digital identities on mobile devices. It works in conjunction with secure integrated circuits (ICs) such as ST’s ST31 microcontrollers. These microcontrollers are based on the dual-core Arm SecurCore SC000 core and include additional hardware security features. These low-power devices come with non-volatile memory, support contactless communication, RF-energy harvesting, and biometry, and are available in smartcard industry chip-module form factors and wafer-level chip-scale packages.

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