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|Hitachi Releases PIN Secure MultiMediaCard|
|as Industrys First Flash Card with User Authentication Function|
|Personal Identification Number (PIN) reference is
used to prevent data leaks to others
and to protect personal information and confidential corporate data
Tokyo, February 25, 2002 Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced the PIN Secure MultiMediaCard *1 (PIN-SMMC) as industry's first Flash Card with user authentication function using a Personal Identification Number (PIN), as a recording media for confidential data that contains personal information or corporation information, and requires that leaks to others be prevented. As the first step, sample shipments of the 32 Mbyte HB28D032PSM2 will start in April 2002 in Japan.
This product has a content protection function, and is a flash card achieved by adding a user authentication function using a PIN to a Secure MultiMediaCard that achieves strong security. A PIN for getting the license key to decrypt the encrypted date is registered to data that has already been recorded, and that data can only be read when the PIN that is input corresponds to that PIN, thereby preventing data leaks to third parties. Consequently, when handling personal information or corporate confidential data on mobile devices such as PDAs, it is possible to protect the information even if the card or terminal is lost.
In recent years, with the increasing market penetration of PDA and other mobile information devices, personal and corporate information is downloaded to these devices, and viewed and used away from the office with an increasing frequency. On the other hand, it is often the case that this personal information and corporate information is confidential, and under this usage environment, for example if a device is lost away from the office, there are fears about confidential information being leaked to a third party.
In response to this problem, data is generally encrypted or memory cards are locked using a password in an effort to protect the information. But using these methods the key to recover the encrypted data is on the same device as the information, resulting in fears that the key may be discovered by analysis of the software, or that if with the key, anyone may be able to view the data. In this way, the security of the data could not be described as infallible, and there is an increasing need for a system capable of achieving stronger security.
For these security systems it is also necessary that they do not require special hardware, but that instead can be achieved using general-purpose hardware.
To meet these needs, Hitachi has developed the PIN-SMMC, with the first product to be released the 32 Mbyte HB28D032PSM2.
[About this Product]
The main features of this product are as follows:
This card is upwardly compatible with standard MultiMediaCards, and external shape including thickness is the same compact size of 32 mm 24 mm 1.4 mm.
In the future, development into other capacities will be handled according to customer needs.
As support tools when designing PIN authentication application systems, reference software including encryption/decryption and authentication components, libraries and application interface specifications will be provided from April 2002.
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* Writing speed is the writing speed of the card itself, excluding the processing time on player side.
** PKI: Public Key Infrastructure technology
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