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Atmel's New AT90SC256144RCFT Secure Microcontroller Targets e-Government Applications

    San Jose, California, November 7 (ots/PRNewswire) -

    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the introduction of its new AT90SC256144RCFT, a dual-interface secure microcontroller tailored to efficiently serve the high-end electronic identity markets.

    The AT90SC256144RCFT is a dual-interface contact (ISO7816) and contactless (ISO/IEC14443) smartcard chip that is compliant with the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specifications for e-passports. This product has been designed to meet common criteria EAL5+ security certification (BSI protection profile).

    The AT90SC256144RCFT features 144 Kbytes of EEPROM data memory, 256 Kbytes of ROM program memory, an additional 32 Kbytes of ROM for crypto library and 8 Kbytes of RAM. Its large EEPROM nonvolatile memory provides sufficient capacity to allow large data storage such as ten fingertip images of the passport holder (around 10 Kbytes/image), leaving enough space for other data (photo holder, encryption keys, etc.). The ROM and RAM sizes, combined with the computing power of the secureAVR(TM) architecture, make this chip perfectly suited for JavaCard(TM) implementation.

    John Bryant, Vice President of Marketing commented, "We strongly believe that the AT90SC256144RCFT product will bring significant value to this market by improving the speed during the control of personal identity as well as the security and privacy of e-ID bearers."

    The AT90SC256144RCFT shares the same common features with Atmel's secureAVR family including its outstanding 8-bit/16-bit RISC core, strong security mechanisms, a power-analysis attack- resistant DES/TripleDES engine, as well as Atmel's AdvX(TM) crypto-accelerator for an optimized trade-off between performance and power consumption. Thanks to its high performance, it allows extremely fast extended access control implementations. This product can be delivered with on-chip tuning capacitance options, ranging from 20 pF to 100 pF, to cope with different antenna technologies.


    AT90SC256144RCFT samples are available now. Production will start in Q1 of 2007.

    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, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R).

    NOTE: Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, Everywhere You Are(R), and others are registered trademarks, secureAVR(TM) and others are trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.


    For further information on the secureAVR(TM) family, go to: .

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