Broadcom Corp has launched what it claims is the first secure silicon processor with built-in RFID technology that can be used with biometrics, such as fingerprint IDs.
The Broadcom BCM5890 processor is aimed at securing authentication data for devices including computers, networks and building access cards.
Aimed at the enterprise market, the chip promises to overcome vulnerabilities sometimes associated with fingerprint IDs and other biometrics used on computers and other equipment, said Irvine, California-based Broadcom.
The chip runs in a special secure mode that protects the security software and the security keys that run on it, from tampering or theft, Broadcom said.
To enable the rapid porting of secure credentials and applications to the chip, Broadcom also launched a set of tools and standards-based APIs for developers, so that manufacturers embed the chip into personal authentication products.
RSA Security Inc also announced that its SecurID technology can be embedded in the BCM5890 chip, so companies can also set up one-time passcodes.
By embedding RSA SecurID technology into the BCM5890, Broadcom would enable unique and substantially more effective solutions to businesses trying to protect identities and information, said Broadcom senior director Joseph Wallace, in a statement.