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Smart card IC revs up GSM mobile phones

Posted: 14 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart card ICs? mobile phones? memory?

Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) has added the Theseus Titanium 240 to its line of Theseus Titanium smart card ICs.

The Theseus Titanium 240 smart card IC offers 240Kbytes of User-Configurable Memory (UCM) based on SST's patented SuperFlash technology, giving developers of SIM cards for 3G and GSM mobile network operators more storage capacity to house their latest applications.

The Theseus Titanium 240 can enable a 64K Java Card SIM implementation or a 128K SIM card with a native OS, giving GSM mobile network operators a single SIM card product that can support open operating systems or their own proprietary OS.

The Theseus Titanium 240 smart card IC uses an 8051 controller core that allows four clocks per instruction cycle. According to SST, a 60MHz internal oscillator makes the Theseus Titanium 240 the fastest-performing 8051-based smart card IC available in the market. The Theseus Titanium 240's power-saving features include clock gating and voltage scaling. It also offers advanced security features.

Price starts at 45 cents in 100,000-unit quantities for thinned, sawn wafer. Samples are available with volume production scheduled for Q1 2008.

- Ismini Scouras

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