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Atmel and Guard ID Systems Collaborate to Deliver Security for Online Transactions

Rousset, France and San Mateo, California (ots/PRNewswire) - Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and Guard ID Systems, Inc, announced today that the two companies are collaborating to bring to market revolutionary products that efficiently protect consumers against online identity theft and fraud. As a first step in their collaboration, Guard ID Systems is using the Atmel AT98SC secure microcontroller in ID Vault(TM), Guard ID's leading consumer online security product. "Atmel's proven expertise in designing and developing integrated, quick-processing high security microchips makes the Atmel solution the ideal choice for ID Vault," said Greg Marek, Vice President of Marketing at Guard ID Systems. "With the Atmel smart card chip at the core of ID Vault, our customers can be confident that they are using the most hardened protection available against online identity theft and fraud." "Our AT98SC turnkey security solutions offer an easy path to deliver security wherever it makes sense," stated Olivier Debelleix, Security Modules Marketing Manager at Atmel. "We are proud that Guard ID Systems has selected to use our AT98SC032CT-USB in ID Vault, and we believe consumers will greatly benefit from our companies' combined expertise in delivering secure microcontrollers and easy-to-use online security products." People all over the globe are banking and shopping online in record numbers. This trend has spawned a new breed of cyber criminals who use increasingly more sophisticated techniques aimed at stealing online identities in order to steal money from consumers' bank accounts, credit cards and investment accounts. ID Vault(TM), Guard ID Systems' consumer online security product, protects consumers against online identity theft and fraud as they conduct financial transactions online. ID Vault encrypts and stores account usernames and passwords on a smart card microchip inside a tamper-proof USB device, and leverages Atmel's AT98SC032CT-USB secure USB turnkey solution. Atmel is a leading provider of secure microcontrollers for smart card applications for telecoms, banking and government markets. With over twenty years of solid experience in designing secure microcontrollers, Atmel has been granted a number of independent security certificates for its products such as FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and 4, Common Criteria EAL4+ and EAL5+, EMVCo and ZKA. Atmel's rich experience guarantees ID Vault users that their confidential online account information is stored on a proven hacker-proof smart card microchip. Atmel offers the AT98SC family of secure turnkey solutions for fast and easy integration of security in any system. There is no required complex program development or heavy ROM masking, nor specific expertise in security. This means accelerated product time-to-market for customers, thereby offering significant advance over competition. About Atmel 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. (C) 2008 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others. About Guard ID Systems Guard ID Systems, Inc., headquartered in San Mateo, CA, develops and markets ID Vault, the first hardware-based security product that protects consumers against online identity theft and fraud. ID Vault has a suggested retail price of US$49.99, and is available at major retailers nationwide. ID Vault is backed by a US$1 million guarantee. ID Vault(TM) is a trademark of Guard ID Systems, Inc. Information: Visit http://www.atmel.com/products/SecureASSP/ for more information about Atmel's AT98SC family. Visit http://www.guardid.com for more information about ID Vault and Guard ID Systems, Inc. Atmel Press Contacts: Leslie Grace Casiano, Marketing Communications Manager Tel: +33-4-42-53-60-52, Email: leslie-grace.casiano@atmel.com Helen Perlegos, Public Relations Tel: +1-408-487-2963, Email: hperlegos@atmel.com Guard ID Systems Press Contact: Greg Marek, Vice President of Marketing Tel: +1-650-286-9440, Email: greg@guardid.com Web site: http://www.atmel.com http://www.guardid.com ots Originaltext: Atmel Corporation Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Contact: Leslie Grace Casiano, Marketing Communications Manager, +33-4-42-53-60-52, leslie-grace.casiano@atmel.com, or Helen Perlegos, Public Relations, +1-408-487-2963, hperlegos@atmel.com, both of Atmel Corporation; or Greg Marek, Vice President of Marketing of Guard ID Systems, Inc., +1-650-286-9440, greg@guardid.com

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