Broadcom Introduces Industry's First Family of Secure Microcontrollers with Integrated NFC

Expanded StrataGX™ Product Line Increases Security, Adds NFC and Improves Power Management for Mobile Payment Terminals, PCs and More

IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —

News Highlights:

  • Industry's highest performance secure microcontrollers (MCUs) extend reach into range of low-power connected devices
  • Near field communication (NFC) enables multiple "tap-to" actions for mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminals, home automation and various Internet of Things (IoT) products
  • Integrated BroadSAFE™ architecture delivers advanced security to small form factor devices

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the extension of its StrataGX portfolio with a new family of highly secure MCUs that delivers advanced security, unmatched performance and integrated NFC for a variety of connected devices. The BCM58100 family is designed for mPOS terminals, personal computers and other applications, including IoT products. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

The BCM58100 offers the highest level of security to protect sensitive consumer data from threats at the physical and network layer while simplifying system design, reducing footprint and lowering cost for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). BroadSAFE™ architecture offers tamper protection and encryption as well as secure storage and processing of both card information and biometric user data such as fingerprint, iris, facial templates and more to safeguard against attacks. The BCM58100 is compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) and also ensures that end products achieve stringent Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) certifications for an added layer of security.

"The rapid proliferation of smart devices connected to the Internet has led to serious concerns regarding the safety of consumer and business data," said Christopher Moezzi, Broadcom Senior Director, StrataGX Processor Marketing, Compute & Connectivity. "By delivering premium security and industry leading performance in a power-efficient design, Broadcom's latest secure MCUs continue our leadership in mPOS terminals and extend our reach into small, low-power connected devices." 

Additionally, Broadcom's BCM58100 is the industry's first secure MCU to integrate NFC for tap-to-access, tap-to-pair and tap-to-pay applications in a growing number of products. This allows devices like PCs, home automation products and mPOS terminals to support payment, access and control applications via smartphones in a secure environment. With the global installed base of NFC-enabled smartphones forecast to reach over 2 billion by 2018[1], NFC presents significant opportunities for chip companies, OEMs and developers in a variety of market segments.  

"We are seeing substantial adoption of NFC-capable devices and expect the global installed base of mPOS terminals to grow to well over 50 million units by 2018," said John Heggestuen, Senior Research Analyst, Business Insider Intelligence. "New developments like Apple Pay will be a significant driver of NFC-enabled payment terminals as well as a major catalyst for mPOS deployments, especially within the small to medium-size retailer segment where the cost effectiveness of mPOS terminals is particularly attractive."

The BCM58100 enables secure, high-performance and cost-effective designs for a broad set of embedded applications including low-power connected devices, home automation products, mPOS terminals, security systems and more.

Key Features:

  • BroadSAFE™ security architecture including tamper protection, encryption, multi-factor authentication and secure storage and processing for both card information and biometric user data
  • NFC compliant reader
  • Integrated EMV smartcard and magstripe (MSR) readers
  • Low-power ARM® Cortex™ M3 processor with up to 250MHz and advanced power management for longer battery life
  • 512KB static random access memory (SRAM) to eliminate the need for external RAM
  • Tightly coupled software environment with Broadcom's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) products
  • Integrated audio jack I/F support
  • System I/O integration including USB H/D, SMBus, UARTs and SPIs
  • 10x10mm footprint compatible package for small form factor designs

The BCM58100 is now sampling.

For ongoing news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom, read the B-Connected Blog, or visit Facebook or Twitter. And to stay connected, subscribe to Broadcom's RSS Feed.

1 Business Insider Intelligence, March 2015

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With one of the industry's broadest portfolios of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo, StrataGX™ and  BroadSAFE™ are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU.  Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


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