Java Card Forum

NXP Launches New Java Card-based Operating System to Expand Multi-Application Services in the Secure Identification Market

Next generation Java Card OS (JCOP) provides higher security and more flexibility for developing and integrating convergence solutions covering identity and payment on smart cards

News Highlights :

  • Advanced Java Card™ Platform (JCOP3) builds upon NXP’s 15 years of leadership and expertise in secure Java Card operating system technology that supports the convergence of eGovernment, payment and mobility applications on a single device
  • New product offers more flexibility to work with 3rd party applets and allows native functionalities through NXP’s unique SecureBox solution
  • Includes extended feature set with a full range of certified applets to improve time-to-market

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today launched its latest Java Card Operating System, JCOP3, for secure identification applications. Customers can benefit from a multi-solution platform with higher security and flexibility, as well as the ability to integrate their own applets and personalization solutions, while accelerating time-to-market. Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the Java Card Forum, the launch of JCOP3 is part of NXP’s comprehensive offering that marks a new level of convenience for the identification market and underscores the continuous innovation in Java Card technology.
“NXP’s launch of JCOP3 significantly contributes to advancing Java Card technology. It reinforces NXP’s position as a trusted partner and industry leader across a broad range of markets that rely on this ubiquitous programming language for eGovernment, banking, public transport, and mobile applications,” said Rafael Sotomayor, senior vice president and general manager of the secure transactions and identification business at NXP. “We look forward to continuing our support for the Java Card Forum and Java Card developments with our expertise and ability to meet the growing demand for secure and flexible solutions in the era of IoT.”
In a world of connected things, an increasing number of contactless applications and an all-time high of security attacks, there is an increasing demand for solutions that harmonize security, flexibility, and convergence — without sacrificing any of these capabilities. NXP’s latest JCOP3 product is based on the SmartMX2 microcontroller platform and offers both EMVCo and Common Criteria certification Features such as NXP’s unique SecureBox solution allow customers to develop native functionality that seamlessly runs on the JCOP3 platform with outstanding performance. NXP also collaborates with numerous partners who offer a reliable and proven eGovernment Suite.
Building upon NXP’s successful and field-proven JCOP2 product family, NXP’s JCOP is optimized for fast, highly secure and flexible identification solutions, making it the Java Card-based operating system of choice.
NXP’s JCOP product family delivers outstanding features and performance as one of the most used Java Card–based operating systems in government programs around the world. More than a billion units have been sold for payment and government applications to more than 80 customers in 50 different countries, making Java the preferred programming language for secure multi-application smart cards.

20th Anniversary of Java Card Forum
NXP has been a member of the Java Card Forum for more than ten years and joins in the celebration to mark Java Card Forum’s twentieth anniversary. NXP collaborated with the forum on the first JCOP development with Java Card Forum IC technology in the early 2000s. NXP has also been leading the technical committee as well and driving the technical specification work for over five years. During this period, the Java Card specification 3.0.5 was successfully released. The Java Card specification 3.1, covering IoT requirements, will be released next year.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy, and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries and posted revenue of $9.5 billion in 2016. Find out more at .

NXP, JCOP, SmartMX and the NXP logo are trademarks of NXP B.V. Java and Java Card are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. © 2017 NXP B.V.

This Press Release was issued by NXP on 14th September 2017:

My, how we’ve changed….

In its 20 years of existence, the Java Card Forum has understood the importance of not only marketing Java Card technology, but the Forum itself. The main vehicle for showcasing the JCF has always been the internet, and over the years the website (and associated collateral) has undergone a couple of major changes.

When it first started, the JCF used a simple coloured logo that could be easily identified at a glance, with a basic site layout – remember this?



As the Forum became a wider reaching industry organisation, it was felt that a more “professional” image was required and in the Summer of 2005 a new Look and Feel was released, celebrating the colours of the logo itself.

previous JCF site

After 15 years of using the same logo, the members felt it was time to re-brand the Forum and in November 2013 a totally new look was unveiled at the CARTES show in Paris, demonstrating the commitment to the future of the Java Card platform.

current site

A trip to the movies…

As part of our 20 Year Anniversary celebrations, we’ve looked back in the archives to find you some interesting testimonials over the years.

Back in 2010, Oracle (Sun Microsystems as it was back then) commissioned a series of interviews with leading telecommunication and smart card companies to share with the wider community why they were choosing Java Card technology, who was benefitting from the platform and how the technology would be deployed in the future.

Although these films were produced in the early days of Java Card 3.0, you can see how the industry already saw the technology as an important tool for value-added services in the telco sector.

Reporting the evolution of Java Card technology over the years

Twenty years is a long time in the technology industry – trends come and go, products appear then disappear and even major shows and publications change their focus…The Java Card Forum has seen many changes over the years – not least in the Java Card platform itself, and some of those milestones have been documented in the press.


ct-front-pageRemember Card Technology magazine? It was THE publication for the smart card industry with journalists like Dan Balaban and Thad Rueter digging for the truth. There was certainly a lot of coverage concerning Java Card over the years, and even a cover story featuring Bertrand du Castel (first Technical Committee Chairman) as “Visionary of the Year”.

We have the text from one of Dan Balaban’s articles entitled “Java Card and the new era for smart cards”, published in Card Technology Issue November 2004, Volume 9, number 12, where he discusses how the Java Card platform is set to revolutionise the usage of smart cards in the future.
Download the article here (reprinted with kind permission by the author)

The JCF also received coverage in Card Technology Today and CardsNow!Asia about the enhancements to the Java Card specification with the 3.x release. There was a real sense of excitement with the new release, as the platform could move beyond the standard smart card environment to a variety of different form factors.

Personal blogs/articles

Those involved in the Forum have also documented their personal opinions about the technology, the companies involved and the industry.

Bertrand du Castel, one of the “founding fathers” of the Java Card Forum has written a very personal history of his involvement with the production of the first Java Card and the subsequent formation of the Java Card Forum, which can be downloaded here: with kind permission by the author)

Eric Vétillard, who took over the post of Technical Chair from Bertrand, has been writing a blog for many years now, entitled “On the road to Bandol”: (Bandol being the internal name that was given to Java Card version 3.0 within Sun – as well as a French town). Here he shares his personal views on Java Card technology and now more recently, the IoT market. He has also provided some Java Card tutorials:

Company Press Releases

We’ve even dug into company archives to find some of the Press Releases from the early days, including the very first Press Release about the formation of the JCF.

The Impact of Java Card Technology Yesterday and Tomorrow

Safran Identity & Security celebrates 20 years with the Java Card Forum

As a long-standing member, Safran Identity & Security takes part in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Java Card Forum, an industry organization dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card technology products. Until today, 20 billion Java Cards have been sold, and Java is the most common IT platform worldwide.

“Over the years, we have been very active in the Java Card Forum, as we consider its contribution to be a major building block for the telecommunications market,” said Yves Portalier, Vice President and General Manager of the Telecom Business Unit at Safran Identity & Security.

In the early days of Java Card, the interoperability between the different Java Card platforms was an issue and raised concerns on the part of some major customers. Together with all other Java Card Forum members, Safran Identity & Security managed to smooth the adoption of Java Card technology and developed interoperability guidelines to help market adoption. This enabled the development and deployment of portable trusted identity services for individuals and personal devices.

“We view the joint work in the Java Card Forum as very relevant for the future too, as the next challenge is already in sight. Today we are working in the Java Card Forum on the definition of the next Java Card version, which is aimed at fulfilling the upcoming requirements of new markets, especially in the Internet of Things. We are convinced that Java technology will play a major role in the IoT. It offers a huge and established ecosystem and for the remote management of devices, its stability and maturity is clearly an advantage. The Java Card Forum will make a major contribution to unlocking the potential of the IoT.” Yves Portalier, Vice President and General Manager of the Telecom Business Unit at Safran Identity & Security

This Press Release was issued by Safran Identity & Security on 2nd March 2017:

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The Continuing Journey of the Java Card Forum (Press Release)

The continuing journey of the Java Card Forum

Berlin, 6th February 2017 – The Java Card Forum (JCF) is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 20 year Anniversary in 2017. Back in 1997 a small group of smart card companies came together to form the Java Card Forum, to provide recommendations for the Java Card specification to Sun Microsystems – enhancing the platform to meet the needs of the smart security industry. This led to the publication by Sun (and later Oracle) of several releases of the Java Card specification over the years, effectively delivering Java Card technology’s promise of interoperability, security and multi-application support to the telecoms, IT security and financial services industries. With around 20 billion Java technology based smart cards deployed so far, the Java Card platform can be considered as a tremendous success and is today the most used IT platform in the world. And after 20 years, its work remains as relevant today as it did back in the 90s; now looking to support new markets such as the Internet of Things.

The close collaboration of the original members is testament to their belief in the possibilities of this new platform and with the focus firmly on the telecoms market, the standardization of a SIM toolkit soon led to mass deployment of the technology. Other markets soon beckoned, and the JCF continued to work with Oracle on developing and enhancing the specification, with the release of Java Card version 3.0 in 2008 as a response to the growing importance of smart, secure, and portable devices in a convergent world. Java Card technology was seen as a key building block for the next wave of secure digital services such as Mobile payment, Identity, ticketing, M2M applications and many others. And with the emergence of secure elements, the Java Card platform could move beyond the standard smart card environment to a variety of different form factors.

“Java Card technology has always been a highly secure execution platform for innovative services: be it for SIM based services in the telecommunications area, smart payment services in the banking and financial service area or providing a secure environment for identity use cases such as passports, identity and health documents. This still holds true for today’s scenarios. There are a variety of use-cases for the platform and not all of them are card based,” explains Volker Gerstenberger the current President of the Java Card Forum.

“What is important to understand though, is how relevant Java Card technology remains today,” continues Volker. “With the advent of the age of the Internet of Things we are seeing more and more connected endpoint devices that need to be secured. We see additional new networks (such as Narrow-Band IoT, for example) that have to be protected and we are seeing the emergence of a variety of completely new and unforeseen services that need to be enabled from both a user experience perspective and more importantly, from a security perspective.”

“We are now working on the next version of the Java Card specification with the clear objective to address the Internet of Things security challenges. By this I mean new features supporting integration into IoT devices and new types of communication protocols and therefore becoming the new security powerhouse for IoT.”

The JCF plans to celebrate its 20 years with a number of different activities across the year – sign up to receive email updates (see side bar).

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