Wednesday, 27 April 2011

INSIDE Secure Licenses Advanced ARM SecurCore

INSIDE Secure today announced their intention to provide 32-bit secure processor solutions based on the industry-leading ARM architecture. Under the terms of a licensing agreement with ARM, INSIDE can now utilize the ARM SecurCore SC300 processor for its next generation of secure payments, digital security and NFC solutions.

According to Fleutelot, licensing the ARM SecurCore 32-bit processor family IP offers INSIDE easy access to the small die size, energy efficiency, low cost, excellent code density and outstanding performance of the ARM SecurCore 32-bit technology.

"This agreement further underscores the continuing market momentum we have achieved with our 32-bit SecurCore technology as embedded smart card and other technologies migrate to a variety of mobile devices for payment, transit and other secure applications," said Haydn Povey, director of product marketing, processor division, ARM. "We are confident that the combination of the performance, size and power efficiency benefits of our SecurCore technology, with INSIDE's expertise in secure contactless, contact, embedded and NFC technologies, will result in the development of a broad range of innovative, high-performance secure devices."

The ARM SecurCore processor family provides powerful 32-bit secure solutions based upon the ARM architecture and incorporates advanced security features that make SecurCore processors an ideal choice for payment, NFC secure element, pay TV, e-ID, transit, access control and other secure applications.

NXP and Poken to join forces to develop NFC products for social networking

Poken SA announced its collaboration with NXP Semiconductors Poken will launch the first end-to-end NFC compliant platform for social networking, extending the benefits and productivity enhancements of existing social media tools to the real world. The new platform adds to Poken's product portfolio by adding NFC-based loyalty, payment, and access control capabilities to an already-successful range of social media products.

At WIMA 2011, the two companies will showcase the first joint prototype of a low-power full-featured NFC product, combining an NXP NFC core and Poken's ultra low-power 32-bit microprocessor. This demo, shown at the NXP booth, features the Poken web interface displaying the rich social-media profiles of people and objects, collected live by touching tags with an NXP-Poken reader as well as a mobile phone.

Poken's NFC-based platform will allow users to quickly collect people, places and things - with a simple touch - viewing them in a dynamic timeline so you remember whom you met, or what you collected, where and when. Poken's platform also allows users to share with friends what they collected, add comments, and spread special deals- all with just a touch, avoiding tedious searching and making sharing extremely easy. Poken also offers an API for easy integration into third-party websites.

With a poken - a USB stick fashion accessory - or an NFC-enabled handset, users can exchange their social business card by touching another such device. They can collect brochures or other physical media by simply touching an NFC-compliant sticker. Poken makes collecting rich, dynamic content enhanced with social media information from over 50 social networks straight forward and intuitive.

"Social networking has changed how people communicate with each other for both work and pleasure. Our collaboration with Poken on NFC opens not only a bridge between the virtual and physical worlds, and also enables new application fields such as retail for example through intuitive sharing of offers with your friends", said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, NXP Semiconductors.

Sony to Launch New Android Tablets

Sony plans to launch two tablet computers running Google's Android operating system. The devices, codenamed S1 and S2, will go on sale towards the end of 2011. At present, it is Apple Inc.'s iPad that dominates the tablet PC world market.

Earlier, experts predicted Sony's entry into the tablet market. The Company's announcement comes quite late in the day compared to other manufacturers. Sony said its first Android 3.0 tablets would come in two form factors - one with a conventional 9.4 inch touchscreen, and the other with a dual 5.5 inch displays.

In addition to the base Android Honeycomb operating system, Sony will add several of its own features, including the ability to transmit video and music to TVs and stereos using the DLNA wireless streaming standard into its new Android tablets.

Sales of tablet devices are expected to rise to around 294 million units between 2011 and 2015, with almost half been Android-based, according to the research firm Gartner.

77million PlayStation users Data Stolen

Sony have announced that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.

Sony are still investigating the detailsof this incident, and believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip).

Sony has not ruled out that credit card data could have been taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.

Sony has advised that "To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports."

NFC-Enabled Handsets To Increase From Two To Four hundred Million Units

Shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets grew 97 percent in 2010 According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased almost 97 percent in 2010 to 295 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.8 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 940 million units in 2015. The attach rates for wireless connectivity technologies in handsets including GPS, Bluetooth and WLAN are increasing steadily as the adoption of smartphones accelerates. These connectivity technologies are already a standard feature on high-end smartphones. Adoption of GPS and WLAN will also increase rapidly in the medium- and low-end smartphone segments. The attach rate for WLAN connectivity in handsets reached 20 percent in 2010. Berg Insight forecasts shipments of WLAN-enabled handsets to reach 900 million in 2015.

There are numerous compelling use cases for WLAN in mobile phones, ranging from offloading data traffic from increasingly congested mobile networks to media synchronisation and hybrid navigation services, said Andr Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Hybrid navigation technologies are necessary to enable reliable positioning indoors. New multi-mode GPS receivers that also support the Russian GLONASS satellite system are already available in handsets. When using the two systems in combination, more visible satellites will increase the chance to receive sufficiently strong signals to get a fix in urban canyons. He adds that further performance increases will come from hybrid location technologies that fuse signal measurements from multiple satellite systems, cellular networks and WLAN, together with data from various forms of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and altimeters. Starting in the second half of 2011, more handsets supporting the Near Field Communication (NFC) standard for short-range wireless point-to-point communication will also become available. When deployed in mobile phones, NFC can be used for countless applications such as information exchange, electronic ticketing and mobile payments. Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets are forecasted to increase from less than two million units in 2010 to 400 million units in 2015.

When will NFC become mainstream in mass-market handsets? Berg Insight forecasts that 24 percent of mobile handsets sold in 2015 will feature NFC. In the same year, the attach rates for Bluetooth, GPS and WLAN are forecasted to be 85, 61 and 53 percent respectively.

VASCO Reports Q1-2011 Revenue of $36.4 Million

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 increased to $36.4 million from $23.9 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Net income for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.5 million or $0.06 per fully diluted share, an increase of $1.9 million or 336%, from $0.6 million, or $0.01 per fully diluted share during the first quarter of last year.

Gross profit was $22.7 million or 62%, of revenue for the first quarter of 2011, compared to gross profit of $16.7 million or 70% in the first quarter of 2010.

Operating expenses for the first quarter 2011 were $19.6 million, an increase of 23% from $16.0 million reported for the first quarter 2010. Operating income for the first quarter 2011 was $3.1 million, an increase of $2.3 million, or 324%, from $0.7 million reported for the first quarter of 2010.

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