Atmel Rolls Out 288K EEPROM Secure Microcontroller for Smart Card Apps

11/4/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the introduction of the AT90SC320288RCT, a new member of the AT90SC family of secure microcontrollers featuring outstanding on-chip compact memories: flexible 288-Kbytes EEPROM, 320-Kbytes of user-ROM, and 8-Kbytes of RAM.

Due to the performance and the density of the 8-/16-bit RISC SecureAVRTM CPU architecture, Atmel can offer an attractive product for high capability cost sensitive applications such as SIM/USIM, bank cards or multi-application personal I.D. cards. Combining advanced technologies and an optimized architecture, the AT90SC320288RCT can run at high speed and be compliant with the most stringent industry standards such as mobile phone specifications.

Benoit Makowka, Marketing Manager for smart card wireless applications stated, "The concept of this product family is to allow developers to re-use existing OS/application software and get immediate access to a product featuring 288-Kbytes of EEPROM memory with minimum effort. For example, if a developer who has an operating system up and running on an Atmel chip with 32/36-Kbytes of EEPROM (such as the AT90SC19236R/T) or 64/72-Kbytes (AT90SC25672R/T or AT90SC7272C) wishes to port it with a very limited amount of resources and effort, into a new product getting access to a 256/288-K bytes EEPROM IC. We believe that this introduction will create unique opportunities, for mobile network operators, to extend an existing product portfolio and bring new products with value-added services, quickly into the market."

Targeting high security markets, the AT90SC32088RCT is designed to meet Common Criteria EAL5+ and Visa Level3 requirements. Like most of AT90SC SecureAVR products, this device features true random number generator, unique chip ID, memories encryption, Memory Protection Unit, active shield protection, countermeasures against SPA, DPA, glitches and side channel attacks, as well as voltage, frequency, temperature and light protections…to name but a few.

In addition to the high speed high security DES/3DES engine, the AdvXTM high performance cryptographic accelerator and it's embedded firmware (located in an additional 32-Kbytes dedicated-ROM) supports standard finite fields arithmetic functions including RSA, DSA, DH, ECC, AES.

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Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You AreSM.

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