Premiere at SPS IPC Drives 2015: A new generation of CmStick/C dongles for extreme environments


A greater operating temperature range designed for harsh industry applications

In the new CmStick/C beats a new smart card chip heart designed for ruggedized industrial environments

At this year’s edition of SPS IPC Drives, Wibu-Systems is celebrating a premiere at booth 660, hall 7: the new software protection USB dongle based on CodeMeter® technology and featuring an extended operating temperature range. The new and more robust generation of the CmStick/C can be used in working environments subject to temperatures ranging from -40°C to +105°C; the additional Conformal Coating introduced also allows operation in conditions of condensing humidity.

Unlike the office world, many sectors of industry have special requirements, often characterized by substantial swings in temperature; the new smart card chip selected for these sticks is qualified to execute even the most delicate encryption and decryption actions in some of the most ruggedized scenarios thinkable. The new device is also equipped with a new set of components that have been carefully picked to withstand massive temperature lows and highs. The resulting device was subjected to extensive tests in a climatic chamber where it endured realistic extreme conditions.

The centerpiece of CmStick/C is a security microcontroller made by Infineon Technologies, whose hardened nonvolatile memory turned out to be the perfect match for the job. Since 2011, all CmStick/C have already embedded a smart card chip from the same manufacturer that is able to run in temperatures ranging from -25°C to +85°C.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of Wibu-Systems, explains: “In recent years, CodeMeter’s technology has established itself in the industrial sector. The versatile interfaces and license containers that CodeMeter uses for protection, licensing, and security applications have contributed substantially to its positive reception. With the new CmStick/C, we are able to reach a wider market share and offer our current customers an even better solution. The applications that will benefit most include production environments exposed to high temperatures, in humid and salty conditions on ships, equipment located in Siberia or in the tropics. The new hardware will be ready for sale as soon as SPS IPC Drives opens its doors.”

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