Prism Selects Atmel Secure Microcontroller for SIM Card

10/9/2002 - Atmel® announced that its secure microcontroller silicon platform has been chosen by Prism for its aSIMetrix SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card. Prism, a major supplier of GSM solutions to government and commercial organizations worldwide provides the infrastructure and technology component required to support the mobile commerce initiative of TMTOUCH, the GSM network operator in Malaysia.

Prism Holdings Ltd. will deliver SIM cards based on its aSIMetrix product, the world's first SIM to incorporate a full suite of crypto, payment and secure multi-application capability. Based on the Atmel AT90SC product family, the Prism aSIMetrix SIM card combines the full spectrum of GSM phase2+ functionality together with a SmartTrust certified WIB (Wireless Internet Browser), advanced menu and application management functions, and a full suite of advanced cryptographic plug-ins, all on a single card. It uniquely caters to secure wireless payment and other mobile applications with stringent security requirements.

The AT90SC product family is based on a high-performance 8-bit secure microcontroller with Atmel's AVR® enhanced RISC architecture. They are highly secure, low power consumption products compliant with mobile phone (2, 2.5 and 3G) specifications.

Atmel is the world's first IC vendor to bring Flash technology to smart card applications. Currently, over 50 million Flash-based secure Atmel processors have been deployed. Flash offers unparalleled advantage in application, flexibility, and time to market. Atmel also provides compatible ROM-based versions for lower cost in stable systems.

Benoit Makowka, Atmel's Marketing Manager for Mobile Telecomms Secure ICs commented, "We are very pleased that Prism has efficiently used Atmel's secure-microcontroller products and technology. They embraced the concept of product family evolution by selecting Flash technology at the early stage for market penetration, and then moving to ROM based solutions for high volume production and cost optimized solutions."

"The performance, the flexibility, and the security of the Atmel AT90SC product family offers the ideal platform for PRISM aSIMetrix SIM cards. We strongly believe that the combination of Atmel secure microcontroller expertise and of PRISM security and software know how, provides the most efficient solution for m-commerce today on the market" said Steven Sidley Marketing Director, Prism Holdings Ltd.

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe and high- voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

About Prism
JSE-listed Prism Holdings Ltd. is a leader in the secure electronic transaction market. With a growing presence in Europe and South-East Asia, Prism is one of the few companies globally offering services, solutions and products that bridge the following core technologies:

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