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Infineon supplies automotive security chips to Continental

Infineon has announced that it is supplying security controllers to Continental for a new generation of digital tachographs in utility vehicles.

The digital tachograph is mandatory in the EU for all new registered trucks exceeding 3.5tons and for buses or coaches with more than eight seats. According to EU regulations, only new generation devices are permitted to be installed from October 2012.

The devices record data regarding the total distance, road speed and engine speed of the vehicle as well as the driving and rest periods of the driver.

"The use of security controllers in the new generation of digital tachographs is a further example of how our leading security expertise is not only being demanded in chip card applications, but increasingly also in other security related systems," commented Dr Stefan Hofschen, president of the chip card and security division at Infineon. "Especially the automotive sector, which offers a wide variety of applications."

Infineon's security controller is certified according to the Common Criteria EAL5+ high standard.

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Simon Fogg

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