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Gemplus Wins Sesame Award for the Most Compact Implementation of the .NET Platform for Networked Secure Devices

    Luxemburg and Cartes 2005, Paris, November 15 (ots/PRNewswire) - Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM ; NASDAQ: GEMP),  the world's leading provider of smart card based solutions, announces that  its innovative smart .NET-based platform for networked secure devices such  as USB dongles, secure MMC and smart cards has won the Sesame Award for Best  Software at the Cartes 2005 Conference and Exhibition.

    The demonstrated solution offers a set of features that make integration of secure devices into IT infrastructure easy and seamless. Among the main features are: TCP/IP connectivity, standard .NET file format without external converter, multithreading and automatic garbage collection.

    The smart .NET-based platform from Gemplus is a prototype providing a compact but compliant implementation of the ISO/ECMA-335 standard which characterizes the .NET environment. This software makes the development and deployment of software for secure devices as easy as any .NET desktop application with the same language, tools and behaviour. It embeds standard Internet protocols so that applications can directly communicate as a peer with any networked service.

    "We are pleased that Gemplus is supporting .NET by employing the ECMA standards that define the core of .NET technologies," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft Corp. "By doing this, Gemplus is creating another way for .NET developers to take advantage of their existing skills and code, while bringing the benefits of two-factor authentication to both their enterprise and applications."

    Jacques Seneca, Executive Vice President, ID and Security, Gemplus explains "It is our permanent aim to make the deployment of smart card applications easier for developers and users. What we are presenting is a major step forward in helping governments, enterprises, businesses and consumers to benefit from the security of smart cards without the complexity."

    Targeting all business sectors, this platform particularly suits the IT markets as it will reduce the integration effort of secure devices in existing IT infrastructures, as well as preparing the future ones, based on Digital Identity Management, Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures.

    Visit the Gemplus stand at the Cartes Conference and Exhibition, 15-17 November 2005 for a presentation of the Smart Server Platform as demonstrated on a USB dongle and a smart card.

    About Gemplus

    Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold over 5.5 billion smart cards.

    Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.

    Gemplus' revenue in 2004 was 865 million Euros.

    www.gemplus.com

      For more information:
      Jane Strachey
      Gemplus
      Tel: +33-(0)442364661
      Mobile: +33-(0)676493593
      Email: jane.strachey@gemplus.com
      Matthew McGuinness
      Edelman PR
      Tel: +44-(0)20-7344-1259
      Email: matthew.mcguinness@edelman.com

    (c)2005 Gemplus. All rights reserved. Gemplus, the Gemplus logo, are trademarks and service marks of Gemplus S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and service marks, whether registered or not in specific countries, are the property of their respective owners.

    Some of the statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the forward-looking statements contained in this release include, but are not limited to: trends in wireless communication and mobile commerce markets; our ability to develop new technology, and the effects of competing technologies developed and expected intense competition generally in our main markets; profitability of our expansion strategy; challenges to or loss of our intellectual property rights; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships in our major businesses; our ability to develop and take advantage of new software and services; and the effect of future acquisitions and investments on our share price. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of this release. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after this date to conform such statements to actual results or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated results.

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Contact:
For more information: Jane Strachey, Gemplus, Tel: +33-(0)442364661,
Mobile: +33-(0)676493593, Email: jane.strachey@gemplus.com. Matthew
McGuinness, Edelman PR,  Tel: +44-(0)20-7344-1259, Email:
matthew.mcguinness@edelman.com



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