Motorola's Secure M210 M-CORE Processor Licensed to Atmel; Advanced 32-Bit microRISC Controller Core to Provide Performance and Low-Power for Future Atmel Smart-Card Products.
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 1999--
Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :MOT) Wednesday announced that its Secure M210 M-CORE(tm) microRISC controller core has been licensed by Atmel Corp. (Nasdaq:ATML ATML Automatic Test Markup Language
ATML Automated Test Markup Language ) for development of a new line of high-performance, low-power embedded microcontroller A single chip that contains the processor (the CPU), non-volatile memory for the program (ROM or flash), volatile memory for input and output (RAM), a clock and an I/O control unit. products targeted at the smart-card industry.
Atmel is licensing the technology from Motorola as part of its acquisition of the Smart Information Transfer (SIT) business from Motorola.
Hector de J. Ruiz, Ph.D., president of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, commented: "This concludes the transfer of our SIT business announced in January 1999. It will bring the smart-card- customer base compelling solutions delivered by Atmel, and will further enhance the proliferation proliferation /pro·lif·er·a·tion/ (pro-lif?er-a´shun) the reproduction or multiplication of similar forms, especially of cells.prolif´erativeprolif´erous
n. of the M-CORE architecture into the marketplace."
The Semiconductor Products Sector's decision to sell its SIT business in January, stems from Motorola's strategy to focus on key businesses in target markets to improve the value Motorola provides to its shareholders. At the same time, Motorola will remain strongly committed to the smart-card industry.
"This planned transaction establishes Atmel as one of the world's leaders in the smart-card-IC industry, complementing Atmel's existing smart-card expertise," stated George Perlegos, Atmel's president and chief executive officer.
"In addition, Motorola's SIT business will provide Atmel with a broad array of technologically advanced products, including their advanced security features and outstanding design and engineering capabilities. Combined with Atmel's established expertise, SIT's advanced technological competence will expand our existing technology base and have significant market potential."
Due to the small size, low cost and limited power characteristics, smart-card control chips are normally constrained by small memory space and processing power, preventing customers from using smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications. in more sophisticated applications.
However, just as many other hardware devices are learning how to take advantage of the M-CORE architecture's memory savings, 32-bit performance and lower power, smart-card applications are beginning to follow the same technological evolution.
This huge step forward, from 8-bits to 32-bits, will allow the use of smart cards in more and richer applications, strengthening its role as a key technology solution for information systems.
"The M-CORE microRISC architecture offers the benefits of 32-bit RISC RISC
in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing
Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s. functionality in a small-footprint, low-power, memory-efficient architecture, which will allow Atmel to produce a device with an exceptionally small die," stated Jim Thomas Jim Thomas may refer to:
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