CEITEC wins certification for ePassport Chip


Brazilian semiconductor company CEITEC has received certification for its ePassport Chip.

CEITEC's CTC21001 radio frequency identification chip, known as the Passport Chip, has received Common Criteria International Safety Certification, reported the RFID Journal.

This approval is essential for the production and marketing of the product, which can already be inserted in the cover of Brazil's electronic passport.

The achievement guarantees CEITEC, a public semiconductor company linked to Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), permission to market its product inside and outside the country.

The CTC21001 chip is composed of a microprocessor on which travelers' information is stored, with embedded software that provides the e-passport's functionality. Common Criteria certification depends on a rigorous assessment of the adequacy of protection mechanisms against attacks. To achieve this, CEITEC has invested in information security, infrastructure, equipment, software and employee training.

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