NXP chip to power German identity card

Technology systems company NXP Semiconductors has announced that its SmartMX secure contactless microcontroller chip has been chosen to power the new German contactless National Identity card, or Neuer Personalausweis.

The German government has selected NXP as the supplier of an inlay solution containing a dedicated SmartMX chip, packaged in an ultra-thin module.

Issuance of German contactless ID cards, which will replace the current paper-based IDs, will start in November 2010.

More than 60 million cards are expected to be rolled out over the next 10 years.