Bitcoin hardware wallet company Ledger has announced its Ledger Blue device is now available for pre-order. The device, similar in size to a smartphone, is packed with multiple features — in contrast to other security hardware devices.
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Ledger Blue the Result of Over Two Years’ Research and Development
The Paris-based company announced what it calls an “enterprise grade security device.” The Ledger Blue, designed and crafted in France, comes with Secure Element security, a touchscreen, and other features not found on previous Ledger devices. The next generation wallet is now available for pre-order at 229 EUR (without VAT) and is scheduled for delivery from December 15.
“Blue is the latest generation product from Ledger, the result of more than two years of research and development,” detailed Ledger’s blog announcement. “This high-end device embeds a large touchscreen to securely manage transactions and complex smart contracts. It’s slick yet robust casing encloses the best-in-class technology built upon Blockchain Open Ledger Operating System (BOLOS), a powerful and flexible platform.”
Additionally, Ledger says Blue’s foundations have a dual-chip infrastructure with its ST31 Secure Element and STM32 microcontroller security. The Blue also has a color 3.5 inch touchscreen and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Multiple Secure Applications and ‘Banking-Grade Security’
Ledger stated that its software has modular architecture enabling users to run multiple secure applications. According to the company, this allows the implementation of new cryptocurrencies without compromising the master seed. “The flexibility of the device enables enterprise-level usage: with all major crypto libraries embedded in the firmware, any type of blockchain can be supported,” explained Ledger.
Blue’s transaction validity is maintained by the WYSIWYS paradigm (What You See Is What You Sign) says, Ledger. One of Ledger’s partners STMicroelectronics believes the Ledger Blue offers various security features at the enterprise level.
“STMicroelectronics’ microcontroller and radio technologies offer a broad range of advanced features including hardware security, reliable connectivity, and low power consumption, allowing Ledger and other partners to create unique and innovative devices that combine banking-grade security with full system openness,” said Marie-France Florentin, General Manager, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics.
New Features While Still Compatible With Existing Ledger Hardware Products
While offering different features, the new Ledger still has existing security features found on previous Ledger devices. The Ledger Blue will have 4-8 PIN security, passphrase support, and a BIP39 seed standard (12/18/24 words), compatible with all Ledger products. Uses can also deploy a FIDO U2F second factor for websites like Google, Dropbox, and others. The screen enables a multi-app quick launch dashboard protected by anti-scratch glass.
Another company working with Ledger, Stratumn has created a “Proof of Process” concept and says Ledger’s SDK has enabled them to create apps seamlessly.
“At Stratumn, we closely partner with Ledger to secure how customers and partners interact with Proof of Process Technology. Their open source SDK allows our team to build application-specific interfaces, making the experience seamless and complete,” said Stratumn CEO, Richard Caetano.
Ledger is confident that Blue will be successful and cryptocurrency enthusiasts will now be able to grab one for Christmas. At 229 EUR the price is more expensive than current competitors. However, people might find the new features appealing and might appreciate a larger device similar to their mobile phone. Bitcoin.com will keep our readers informed of how this product fares when it reaches the public.
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Images courtesy of the Ledger Blog.
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