5/20/2004 - Renesas Technology Europe announced the industry's first small size flash memory card with smart card functions, which also conforms to "Mobile Commerce Extension Standard" (Mc-EX Standard) *1,2. The memory card provides large 64-Mbyte (MB) capacity and is available in the same form factor as a MultiMediaCardTM (MMC)*3 so that it can fit into MMC/SD memory card compatible sockets found on many mobile products such as PDAs, mobile phones, PCs, digital audio visual devices, and other portable devices. The smart card functionality features a Java Card operating system, hardware TRM (tamper resistant module) and cryptographic functions that can provide hardware level security and multiple application capabilities.
Renesas Technology will carry out further development of a version which also conforms to the SD memory card standard*4, and promote it as "X-Mobile Card" for various applications such as enterprise security and mobile commerce. Full commercial deployment of this Mc-EX and SD standard compliant product is targeted for spring 2005.
Smart cards with embedded microcontrollers, such as credit cards, bank cards, and shopping cards, are becoming increasingly popular. And due to the growing use of Internet access and broadband services for everyday applications such as financial transactions and corporate data access, demand for having smart card functionality in mobile devices such as PCs, PDAs, and mobile phones has rapidly increased. However, conventional smart cards do not have enough memory capacity to store large amounts of data such as application software, databases and video files. Smart card usage on PCs typically requires a special smart card reader/writer for USB or similar connection.
The new memory card with embedded smart card functions can fit in the standard memory card slots already available on many mobile devices, and eliminates the need for any special peripherals such as a reader/writer, or any hardware modifications.
Developer program facilitates hardware/software creation
Renesas Technology has created the X-Mobile Card Developer Program (Web site: www.x-mobilecard.com) to support system hardware and software developers seeking to create secure mobile applications. The program helps application suppliers, system integrators and solution providers take full and quick advantage of the X-Mobile Card technology and platform. The program facilitates the development, deployment and marketing of highly-secure mobile applications that utilize memory expansion slots in millions of PDAs, mobile phones, laptops, cameras and other devices.
By joining the developer program, developers can gain access to up-to-date resources and tools for creating applications on the X-Mobile Card platform, the latest technology and product documentation, and a developer store to purchase development tool kits.
X-Mobile Card is an ideal secure data storage platform for applications that require a high level of security, such as systems in wireless, health care, corporate enterprise, government, e-commerce, transportation, IT security, digital media markets and others.
About Renesas Technology's small flash memory card with Smart card functions
About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC/AV markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and world leading microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more. www.renesas.com
* Java Card, Java, and Java related trademarks and logos are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. of the United States.
* GlobalPlatform is a trademark of GlobalPlatform. GlobalPlatform is a body to define and promote the open platform which is independent from the type of multiple function smart card. It was established in 1999.
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