Vehicles exchanging information about traffic conditions, industrial machines with self-checking diagnostics, intelligent tracking of the supply chain or surveillance of utility meters in remote areas: in the connected world, devices will increasingly rely on secured cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication for automated data exchange. Infineon Technologies AG, a leading provider of hardware-based security for cellular M2M communications, today announced its new SLM 97 and SLI 97 security controller families. The new products stand out with unique features required for M2M communication in industrial as well as automotive applications such as emergency Call (eCall) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication.

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, notes the fast growth of M2M communication and the preference for cellular-based M2M solutions where mobility is required, or where high data volumes or data transfer rates are involved.

And market research firm IHS forecasts that the worldwide market for cellular modules in M2M communication will grow from 88 million unit shipments in 2015 to 167 million units in 2018 with a CAGR of 24 per cent.

“We transfer our expertise to enable secure and reliable communication to the Internet of Things,” says Stefan Hofschen, President of the Chip Card & Security division at Infineon Technologies. “Our long term experience in automotive, industrial applications and security allows us to understand the complete value chain and to create the best cellular M2M security products to enable the services of mobile network operators as well as OEM manufacturers.”

Infineon has a proven track record of high quality security controllers used for M2M applications in the industrial and automotive sectors for the past 10 years. Infineon already supplies leading European car manufacturers with security controllers for eCall and other connectivity solutions for vehicles.

Tailor-made security solutions for cellular M2M communication

With the launch of the new SLM 97 and SLI 97 product families, Infineon strengthens its position in the growing industrial M2M and connected car markets. The new products enable the full implementation of embedded SIM as defined by GSMA and ETSI, increasing flexibility and simplifying the deployment of new M2M solutions.

Both SLM 97 and SLI 97 provide

  • an extended temperature range from -40° to 105°C and high endurance for operation in demanding industrial and automotive environments
  • up to 1MB SOLID FLASH™ memory, allowing fast prototyping and shortening time-to-market for device manufacturers
  • a set of hardware crypto-coprocessors supporting all relevant crypto schemes
  • a wide range of interfaces including ISO7816, SWP, USB, I2C, SPI to address a large variety of industrial and automotive applications
  • Common Criteria EAL 5+ (High) certification

The SLM 97 security controllers are tailored to industrial M2M applications requiring high endurance and robustness. They are qualified according to internationally recognized industrial standards and delivered in standard embedded M2M packages as well as in standard SIM card module.

The SLI 97 security controllers are qualified according to the high quality automotive standards (AEC-Q100) and tailored to the difficult environmental conditions of automotive applications. They pass through exhaustive quality processes to minimize failure rates. This makes them the perfect products for SIM cards or embedded security products in connected cars.

Both families are based on field-proven products deployed in traditional Smart Card markets worldwide. Further information is available at:

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductors. Infineon offers products and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility and security. In the 2014 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with about 29,800 employees worldwide. In January 2015, Infineon acquired US-based International Rectifier Corporation, a leading provider of power management technology, with revenues of USD 1.1 billion (fiscal year 2014 ending June 29) and approximately 4,200 employees.