12 May 2017
SilTerra's 180nm Embedded Flash Technology Used in Indonesia's Xirka Smart Card

Launch of Xirka Smart Card SCard XCT136

Jakarta, Indonesia - 12th May 2017.

Xirka Silicon Technology unveiled their Chipset SCard XCT136, the first local Indonesian smart card, providing multi-function purposes for student identity cards. To track student attendance, it works by using computerized fingerprint scanners to ensure a secure environment. It also offers a cashless transaction option, so all transactions related to university activities can be done by swiping the card.

Xirka Silicon Technology is a Fabless Semiconductor Company founded in 2005 and based in Bandung. They have been providing design services to Japanese companies since year 2005 to 2008. Xirka started producing chipsets in 2007 by delivering System-on-Chip (SoC) for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) and entered into the wider APAC regional market by partnering with SilTerra in Malaysia and others in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. In 2012 they started design work on the smart card utilizing SilTerra's 0.18um embedded Flash Technology. In 2016, Xirka completed development of its local smart card protocol, which includes Key Management System, Card Management System, and Smart Card Operating System allowing for support of multi-application features.

SilTerra is providing the foundry services or wafer fabrication of the chips.

The smartcard is supported by Indonesian Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education together with Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics. The chipset currently targets educational institutions, such as University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Hasanuddin University and Telkom University, and is widely applied to electronic student identity cards.

At the launch ceremony, Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia said "The digital economy has a tremendous potential in advancing the Indonesian economy. This sector will contribute up to 11% of economic development in 2020. If accomplished, in 2030 Indonesia will occupy the 8th position in the world economy. Therefore, it needs greater innovation to face global competitiveness and this chipset development is the answer."

Xirka's CEO Sylvia W. Sumarlin reported on a research from MARS Indonesia, in 2016, where state universities in Indonesia had a total of 507,000 new students. She said, "Therefore, to answer market needs, Xirka Silicon Technology will provide up to 1 million units of Chipset SCard XCT136 per year for those universities."

Furthermore, according to Sylvia, the chipset provides several blocks of data storage memory. "Each offers different functions, such as application ID, payment, and loyalty card. Early next year, Xirka plans to launch Near-Field Communication (NFC) chipsets, which are commonly used for electronic ticket and mobile payment."

Together, Xirka Silicon Technology and Microelectronics Center Bandung Institute of Technology worked to optimize security and data storage by strengthening technologies in all support systems, including card reader portable, virtual Secure Access Module (SAM), secure network, and card database. In security optimization, Chipset SCard XCT136 utilizes security engine DES and 3DES, adding 136 Kbyte to the chipsets to support more extensive data saving.

Launching ceremony of Chipset SCard XCT136

Sylvia W. Sumarlin (Xirka Silicon Technology) and Rudiantara (Minister of Communication and Informatics) in the center, together with representatives of supporting Government and educational institutions.

From left: Matthew Tan & Timothy Lee of SilTerra and Dr Trio Adiono (far right), CTO for Xirka, Head of Microelectronics in ITB, IEEE Chair for Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS) Indonesia Chapter.