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ATMEL INTROS INNOVATIVE USB FULL-SPEED SECURE MICROCONTROLLER.

Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq:ATML) has announced that it is sampling the production release of AT90SC6464C-USB, an AVR -based secure Flash microcontroller. The main innovation of the AT90SC6464C-USB is that its USB Full-Speed interface is combined with Atmel's AVR 8/16-bit RISC Core, powerful cryptography capabilities and a very high level of security. Its USB V1.1 Full Speed interface (12Mbps) gives it a direct high-speed connection to any PC or Internet appliance using e-Token or Smart Card support. This innovative secure microcontroller is a powerful and cost effective solution for a wide range of Internet secure access and E-commerce applications. Examples include electronic signature, user authentication, transfers of large amounts of secure data, high-security financial transactions and access keys for secure software.

Herve Roche, Atmel's marketing manager for Internet Transaction Smart Card ICs, commented, "An embedded USB Full-Speed interface on a secure microcontroller is an ideal mean to solve the major concerns of the security in the PC world with a cost effective solution. Using e-Token technology, ATMEL brings a highly secured and mono-chip solution. Using this Smart Card technology, a PC and smart card may now use the same communication protocol. It is no longer necessary to install a traditional SC reader on the PC, only a low cost connector. The AT90SC6464C-USB has a dual USB/ISO 7816 external interface that is automatically configured on insertion into a reader. In this way, it remains compatible with the established ISO 7816 infrastructure, while opening up all the possibilities of USB interfacing. Transaction times are improved thanks to the high data transfer rate over the USB Full Speed."

The AT90SC6464C-USB is built around Atmel's innovative AVR 8-bit RISC processor, with 64K Bytes of on-chip Flash memory and 64K Bytes of EEPROM. Flash program memory gives unrivaled flexibility for new applications with the ability to load or upgrade application code during the production run with no delay. The large EEPROM data memory enables the device to store enough secure data for complex transactions. Additionally, the AT90SC6464C-USB includes all the security features already built into the AT90SC series, in particular a 16-bit RISC crypto-processor for efficient hardware accelerated execution of highest-level encryption algorithms.

Since April 2002, the AT90SC6464C-USB is available in engineering samples. Production quantities will be available at a price of US $4.50 in quantities of 200,000 units.

Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Apr 29, 2002
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