Atmel's secureAVR Checks in with Vitale French National Health Card

5/20/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is proud to announce that its secureAVRTM architecture has been selected as one of the two silicon platforms for the development contract of the next generation VitaleTM French National Health Card, recently awarded to SAGEM by the GIE SESAM-VITALE.

Atmel's secureAVR architecture is based on an 8-bit/16-bit RISC core specifically tailored to host highly secure applications like banking or government ones. Many of Atmel's secure microcontrollers based on this architecture have already been granted Common Criteria certification to EAL4+ augmented to AVA-VLA.4. This vulnerability assessment corresponds to today's highest known proven resistance against any security attack. In addition, Atmel's secureAVR architecture features the new AdvXTM crypto accelerator for an increased PKI performance and a significant security enhancement.

Atmel's secureAVR architecture was selected by SAGEM as being ideally suited to meet the requirements in terms of a high performance secure platform at a very competitive price. In addition, Atmel currently supplies secure microcontrollers for the first generation Vitale card which has already been issued to tens of millions French people. After last year's contract award for the development of the new French EMV DDA "CB" banking card, this new success marks for Atmel the second fruitful partnership with SAGEM.

Olivier Debelleix, Atmel's Smart Card IC Marketing Manager for Government Applications, said "We are very pleased to start a new partnership with SAGEM for this very prestigious contract. Atmel's expertise to design highly secure Smart Card ICs has once again been rewarded. Our corporate commitment is to serve Government markets with our best products."

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.

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