10/26/2004 - Emosyn International, a fabless semiconductor manufacturer of secure integrated circuits and a subsidiary of SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., NASDAQ: SSTI), introduced a new member to its successful Theseus Platinum family of ICs for the demanding smart card environment. Theseus Platinum 100-2 is a highly secure and cost effective microprocessor solution optimized for a wide range of smart card applications, including mobile communication SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards and 3G USIM cards.
Theseus Platinum 100-2 incorporates several unique features that make it one of the most flexible and highest performing smart card ICs available today. Foremost among these features is Emosyn’s breakthrough flash memory-based User-Configurable Memory (UCM) technology, which gives smart card software developers the flexibility to specify the memory space assigned for program code and data storage. With UCM technology, a smart card manufacturer can maximize the amount of data memory available to their customer, depending on the application, while securely preventing access to any sensitive code or information. UCM technology offers the card manufacturer lower manufacturing costs and greater flexibility in managing inventory compared to other memory technologies. UCM incorporates SST’s SuperFlash technology that features a cell density close to that of competitors’ masked ROM. This creates a flexible, cost-effective solution without the penalties of delayed time to market, inventory management issues associated with custom ROM codes and inherent security concerns with the traditional ROM/EEPROM model.
“With this latest edition to our Theseus Platinum family, we are continuing to improve in the areas that matter most to our customers – flexibility, performance and security,” said Brian Clark, vice president of marketing, Emosyn. “The nature of the smart card market is one of rapidly changing needs and our Theseus Platinum 100-2 gives our customers further means to differentiate their products without sacrificing performance, power consumption or security.”
In addition to UCM, Theseus Platinum 100-2 features an ISO 7816 serial port, a programmable I/O and a Memory Management Unit (MMU) to allow secure control of applications by the operating system. The MMU allows network operators to secure their value-added applications against possible threats from third-party software sharing space on the SIM card. Theseus Platinum 100-2 features 2 kilobytes of RAM memory and 98 kilobytes of UCM. Samples of Theseus Platinum 100-2 are available now.
The smart card market is forecasted to reach 2.0 billion units in 2004 according to Eurosmart, an organization promoting the adoption and interoperability of smart cards. The telecom SIM card market is projected to use 880 million of these units. More information about the smart card market can be found at www.eurosmart.com.
Emosyn International, a subsidiary of SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer of smart card integrated circuits that provide a high level of security for personal and portable information devices, such as cell phones, National ID card schemes and bank cards. The company’s Theseus® Platinum product line is focused on secure transactions, with products aimed at the smart card market. With a design center in Silicon Valley, California and sales and marketing offices in Europe, Asia and the United States, Emosyn has a worldwide presence. For further information, please visit http://www.emosyn.com.
About SuperFlash Technology
SST's SuperFlash technology is a NOR type, split-gate cell architecture which uses a reliable thick-oxide process with fewer manufacturing steps resulting in a low-cost, nonvolatile memory solution with excellent data retention and higher reliability. The split-gate NOR SuperFlash architecture facilitates a simple and flexible design suitable for high performance, high reliability, small or medium sector size, in- or off-system programming and a variety of densities, all in a single CMOS-compatible technology.
About Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, SST designs, manufactures and markets a diversified range of nonvolatile memory solutions, based on proprietary, patented SuperFlash technology, for high volume applications in the digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing markets. SST's product families include various densities of high functionality flash memory components, flash mass storage products and flash microcontrollers. SST also offers its SuperFlash technology for embedded applications through its world-class manufacturing partners and technology licensees including 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (Grace), IBM, Motorola, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation, NEC Corporation, Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Seiko Epson Corp., Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co., Ltd., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), Toshiba Corporation, Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, and Winbond Electronics Corp. TSMC offers embedded SuperFlash under its trademark Emb-FLASH. Further information on SST can be found on the company's Web site at http://www.sst.com.
For more information about SST and the company’s comprehensive list of product offerings, please call 1-888/SST-CHIP. Information can also be requested via email to email@example.com or through SST’s Web site at http://www.sst.com. SST’s head office is located at 1171 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale, Calif.; telephone: 408/735-9110; fax: 408/735-9036.
The SST logo and SuperFlash are registered trademarks of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. The Emosyn logo and User Configurable Memory are trademarks of Emosyn International. Theseus and Rania are registered trademarks of Emosyn International. Emb-FLASH is a trademark of TSMC.
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