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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm, has won certification from Germany’s cyber watchdog is a next-generation chip, which greatly increases the security of the smartphones as applications such as mobile payments continue to grow.
The company said that the Snapdragon 855 mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC), had the seal of approval from the German Federal Office for information security (BSI), the certification process was “well-known for its rigorous and globally recognised.
Be the first to approve of the kind of means a smartphone packing Qualcomm’s SoC’s are considered to be as safe as the use of smart cards. Almost half of the world’s smartphones run on the company’s chipsets.
The certification means used in applications that previously required the separate security chip, it will now be possible, using only a Qualcomm SoC-based system, the strengthening of the U.S. company’s position in the market.
“Smartphones and tablets are nowadays widely used for applications with high safety demands, for example, for making payments, storing of passwords, keys and other sensitive information, such as medical records, or a two-factor authentication,” said THE president, Arne Schoenbohm.
“The security of these devices, the trend is towards an increasing level of integration of the elements.”
These applications are expected to be even more common with the introduction of 5G services.
With the win, the so-called EAL-4+ certification, you will also be helping manufacturers to save on materials costs and can reduce the power use in a device, Qualcomm said in a press release timed to coincide with the Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry to gather in Shanghai.
The BSI certification, and is based on the so-called Common Criteria (ISO/IEC 15408), which reflects the guardian is of the opinion that the Qualcomm SoC, which is already in production, and is highly resilient to attacks by “hacking” the BSI said in a statement.
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Mark Potter