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Infineon, Renesas to offer smart card apps software interface

Posted: 08 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software interface? 32bit? smart card microcontrollers? mobile communications? ic platform?

Infineon Technologies AG and Renesas Technology Corp. will offer a common software interface for their 32bit families of smart card microcontrollers. The companies aim to accelerate the development of new smart card applications, as it enables card manufacturers to reuse their application-specific software across various smart card IC platforms, which are widely used in mobile communications applications.

The common application programmable interface (API) will be compatible with the companies' respective 32bit smart card microcontroller families, Infineon's 88 family and Renesas' AE5 family. As a first step, the API will offer a common interface for Renesas' advance crypto library (ACL) and Infineon's platform support layer (PSL). The API is expected to be available by the second quarter of this year.

Both Infineon and Renesas will continue to optimize the functionality of the API to offer maximum benefit for their respective IC platforms whilst maintaining compatibility with the existing PSL interface.

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