18 June 2019
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has gained a very valuable upgrade which now makes it the first mobile SoC to be used as a secure storage container for holding sensitive data such as payment IDs and encryption keys. Previously, phone makers would need to include a separate security chip in the phone so as to handle this level of security. But, now the SoC has gained the required certification that makes it the security component as well.
The name of this certification is EAL-4 and the Snapdragon 855 SoC has been thoroughly reviewed by an independent organization and tested for security vulnerabilities to pass this certification. The certification of the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit was approved by the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).
Qualcomm touts that the certification will bring the smart card levels of security to its Snapdragon 855 SoC. So, it’s obvious the OEMs wouldn’t need to include any separate chip for security reasons. This will not only free up some space but also allows the makers to be less dependent on the expenses of the materials.
It’s going to be a huge win for upcoming Snapdragon 855 powered phones and even the next-gen phones Snapdragon 800-series chip as they will be having an integrated security chip on the SoC.
Jesse Seed, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said,
"Completing the EAL-4+ security certification is a major milestone in our journey to bring smart card levels of security to our Snapdragon customers and users. Use cases that previously required separate security chips will now be possible fully integrated in Snapdragon 855 powered devices. This certification is a testament to the industry firsts that Snapdragon 855 brings to market and Qualcomm Technologies' continued leadership in embedded security."