Atmel’s Smart Card IC Platform Selected for Next Generation for Chip-based French Bank Cards

2/11/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced that its secureAVRTM AT90SC9608RC has been selected as the silicon platform for the development contract of the next generation for chip-based French bank cards, recently awarded to Sagem by Groupement des Cartes Bancaires “CB”. Sagem will develop the new generation card to meet the latest Europay MasterCard VISA Europay® MasterCard® Visa (EMV) banking specifications for credit and debit, incorporating the more secure option of Dynamic Data Authentication (DDA), which makes every transaction unique.

The AT90SC9608RC is an 8-bit/16-bit RISC microcontroller, having 96K of ROM, 8K of EEPROM, 3K of RAM, with a 16-bit high performance RISC co-processor. It is a member of Atmel’s secureAVRTM family of products developed for banking and government applications requiring high security. The AT90SC9608RC was selected by Sagem as being ideally suited to meet the requirements in terms of a high performance microcontroller, including a co-processor for supporting DDA. At the same time, having the optimum memory size for their operating system and applications, capable of meeting the high security demands of the Groupement des Cartes Bancaires “CB”.

Currently there are in excess of 45 million “CB” cards in circulation, which will be replaced by the new EMV cards starting in 2004.

Ian Duthie, Smart Card IC Marketing Manager, said “We are very pleased that Sagem selected Atmel for such a prestigious contract. It highlights Atmel’s position as a leading vendor of high security Smart Card ICs, equal to the more established IC vendors in the market, who were also competing for the same opportunity. With 45 million cards being replaced every two or three years, being first presents a major business opportunity for Atmel”.

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, non-volatile 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.

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