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STMicroelectronics, in collaboration with Thales, powers secure, contactless convenience in Google Pixel 7

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STMicroelectronics (NYSE : STM), a worldwide semiconductor leader, revealed that the ST54K IC handles control and security for contactless NFC communications in the new Google Pixel 7 smartphone. The ST device was chosen by Google’s engineers because it combines NFC control with a certified Secure Element in one chip, which reduces the size of the handset and simplifies its design. The ST54K is a proprietary technology that increases NFC contactless sensitivity. It was chosen to provide the best connectivity, great contactless user experiences and the highest level of transaction security.

ST has combined the ST54K and the mobile secure operating systems (OS) of Thales for Google’s Pixel 7. The OS is compliant with the highest industry security standards. It supports the convergence of embedded SIMs (eSIMs) and other secure NFC applications into one ST54K secure element. Marie-France Lisai Florentin (Microccontrollers & Digital ICs Group vice president, Secure Microcontroller Division general manager, STMicroelectronics) stated that the ST54K was chosen by Google for its high performance, low power consumption, robust security, and the highest CC EAL5+ guarantee. It provides the best user experience and protection for contactless transactions. Emmanuel Unguran (SVP Mobile Connectivity Solutions at Thales), said, “The combination ST’s ST54K and our secure OS and personalization capabilities provide a certified and evolutive smartphone solution to support various digital services.”

These include an embedded SIM that provides instant connectivity and digital wallet services such as digital car keys and transit ticketing. The eSIM Multiple Enabled Profiles (eSIM) feature is supported by this device. Google Pixel 7 was released on October 7. The combination of Thales’ secure operating system and ST’s single-chip NFC controller with secure element and ST54K from ST represents a reliable solution for high-performing, contactless functionality in Android phones. Technical Notes for Editors: This joint solution by ST and Thales allows the Google Pixel 7 to support the Car Connectivity Consortium’s (CCC) Digital Car Key Phase 3 specification. This handset provides all the functionality required to digitally insert a car key into their phone. It is protected by the ST54K Secure Ellement. Pixel 7 users can also access public transport using their phone via FeliCa(tm), which is a ticketing standard. The eSIM Multiple Enabled Profils support allows for convenient dual-network connectivity that eliminates the need to rely on cumbersome physical SIMs.

This allows users to simplify the management of two mobile network operators subscriptions, allowing for separate billing for personal or work calls, and enabling them to access services while on the road. The combination of Thales secure OS and ST54K will provide Android phone developers with a StrongBox-ready solution that meets the Android Ready SE (secure element). The ST54K is compliant with all NFC standards. This includes ISO/IEC 18092 active or passive peer-to–peer mode, Reader/Writer and ISO/IEC 15693, Type A and Type B card emulator modes. Contact your ST sales office for more information. You can find more information about at: eSE secure ending-end solutions SIM and eSIM, Secure Elements 2022 Portfolio About STMicroelectronics. We are 48,000 creators of semiconductor technologies and master the semiconductor supply chain using state-of-the art manufacturing facilities.

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Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.