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Samsung Unveils New Security Chip for Mobile Devices

Samsung on Tuesday unveiled a new security solution — composed of a secure element (SE) chip and security software — designed to enhance data protection on mobile devices.

Samsung has described it as a “standalone turnkey security solution” that provides protection for the booting process, isolated storage, mobile payments and other applications. The SE chip is named S3FV9RR and it’s Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified, which Samsung says is the highest level for a mobile component.

The announcement comes after Samsung announced S3K250AF in February. That security chip was CC EAL 5+ certified.

According to Samsung, the latest security solution supports hardware-based root of trust (RoT), device authentication, and secure boot, which improve protection against attacks and malicious software updates.

The tech giant says the new solution’s security capabilities work independently from the ones of the device’s primary processor, which significantly enhances the security of mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

S3FV9RR is expected to become available in the third quarter of 2020.

“In this era of mobility and contact-less interactions, we expect our connected devices, such as smartphones or tablets, to be highly secure so as to protect personal data and enable fintech activities such as mobile banking, stock trading and cryptocurrency transactions,” said Dongho Shin, senior vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

“With the new standalone security element solution (S3FV9RR), Samsung is mounting a powerful deadbolt on smart devices to safeguard private information,” Shin added.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.