Atmel Takes Lead Position in Secure ICs for Smart Cards with Introduction of High Density CryptoMemory

10/30/2002 - Atmel® announced that its CryptoMemoryTM family of 1K to 16K devices has expanded to include higher densities of 32K through 256K bits of memory. This high density range of integrated circuits gives customers many of the same security features found in microprocessor-based systems. Because this solution does not require the added expense of an operating system or programming resources, these products are lower cost and faster to market. These devices are ideal in applications such as driver's licenses and healthcare cards to securely store sensitive data. With the addition of these higher densities, photos and biometric information can be added for even greater security. CryptoMemory is also a secure drop- in solution to improve on traditional serial interface EEPROMs in embedded applications, such as authentication of OEM subassemblies, including removable storage devices and automotive piece parts.

"These new high density products enable Atmel to compete in smart card and embedded markets, such as government healthcare cards or secure access applications, which have previously relied on expensive microcontrollers," said Kerry Maletsky, North American ASIC/ASSP Business Unit Director at Atmel Corporation. "Atmel is the only semiconductor manufacturer to provide a full range of security products that includes everything from serial EEPROMs to crypto processors. This high density CryptoMemory family of circuits provides a secure yet inexpensive solution for everyday applications."

CryptoMemory is the industry's first low cost, high security family of memory chips with on-chip hardware data encryption including both synchronous and asynchronous protocols. CryptoMemory is compliant to the smart card ISO7816-3 standard using T=0 protocol, the same protocol used in secure microprocessors, allowing it to function in virtually all smart card readers available today. Additionally, its 2-wire protocol allows for faster personalization in smart cards and also enables a board designer to secure data in non-volatile memory. With these new higher densities, a system integrator can easily switch memory density without changing application software.

High volume pricing for the 32K, 64K, 128K and 256K bits in module or package form will range from $.54 for the 32K bit to $1.00 for the 256K bit version. These devices are in production and development kits are available now. Samples of this product family are available in wafer, module, smart card and standard plastic package form.

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