Atmel Introduces a New Generation of Secure Microcontrollers for Trusted Electronic Transaction Terminals
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Press release date: November 15, 2005
ROUSSET, France, November 15 -- New System-on-Chip Improves Security and Level of Integration for POS, PINPads and Health Card Reader Applications
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the introduction of the AT91SO100, a new high-end 32-bit secure microcontroller for electronic transaction terminals. Based on the ARM(R) SecurCore(TM) SC100 CPU core, the AT91SO100 achieves an outstanding level of integration. This chip featuring 256 Kbytes EEPROM for program and data, 32 Kbytes ROM and 100 Kbytes RAM, provides also USB, SPI, USARTs, I/O ports, magnetic stripe card interfaces plus a secured external bus interface.
In addition, Atmel offers a smart card interface integration through a single package solution in BGA 256 embedding two chips, the AT91SO100 and the AT83C26, which physically interface with up to 5 smart cards.
Herve Roche, Atmel's Smart Card IC Marketing Manager stated, "To comply with EMV standard, VISA(R) PED and others, terminals and readers industry require higher security and more performance. Atmel leverages its design expertise in highly secure smart card ICs by providing to its customers the most efficient secure product for EMV migration."
The AT91SO100 hosts strong security mechanics, including intrusion sensors, dedicated hardware protections, real time clock and battery backup. It also has an impressive set of cryptography features, hardware DES/TDES, hardware AES, hardware SHA-n, hardware cryptography accelerator for asymmetric algorithms (RSA, Elliptic curves, Key generation) and a true random number generator. Implemented in 0.18-micron embedded technology, this secure chip runs a RSA 2048-bit decryption in less than 150 ms. It is targeted to achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ certification.
Complete sets of documentation and development tools are available.
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).
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Information: For further information on Atmel's ARM SecurCore(TM) family, go to: http://www.atmel.com/products/SecureARM
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