Broadcom has announced the release of two new NFC-enabled system-on-a-chip (SoC) products, the BCM5882 and BCM5883.
The new SoCs are designed to provide PC OEMs with a security solution that integrates NFC, a secure processor and biometric capabilities all on one chip, which will enable IT managers to isolate user authentication from the host computing system through a multi-factor, multi-choice authentication and data protection process.
According to Broadcom, NFC is poised to become ubiquitous in smart phones and consumer electronic devices over the next few years, and can be used in PCs and tablets for user authentication, payment, virtual currency transactions, ticketing, advertising and location-based services and applications.
Broadcom says they developed the solutions to address the current rise in enterprise network security breaches and increasing concerns related to social media sites and data stored in the cloud.
For example, the SoCs leverage Broadcom’s Credential Vault, a feature at the core of the SoC where user and device keys and credentials are securely stored. The hardware-based authentication provided by the SoC can also be directly linked to data access on self-encrypting hard drives (SED), thus offering an additional layer of security for critical user data.
Technologies such as cloud computing may also require repeated authentication throughout the work day. According to Broadcom, the secure SoCs ease the use of cloud computing applications by eliminating the need for repeated log in and authentication through enterprise-class single sign-on applications.
Broadcom will demonstrate its latest secure SoC switch solutions at this week’s 2011 Computex conference and exposition in Taiwan.