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MCU secures mobile payment, mobile TV transactions

Posted: 23 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:secure MCU? near-field communication? ISO7816? EEPROM?

Atmel Corp. has introduced the AT91SC464384RCU, the newest addition to the AT91SC Advanced Telecoms product family. Based on the ARM SC100, the secure MCU targets mobile payment and mobile TV applications. According to Atmel, the device features outstanding on-chip compact ROM program memory of 464Kbytes, a flexible 384Kbyte EEPROM for data, and 18Kbyte of RAM. Communication interfaces are ISO7816 and single wire protocol (SWP).

The mobile telecoms environment is moving towards the convergence of the wireless, Internet, contactless and TV broadcasting worlds. The smart card is at the heart of this convergence, and the need for increased security must be met. Through the adoption of new technologies such as NFC, TCP/IP and Smartcard Web Server, the smart card's responsibility is increasing and is becoming a key and individual security element within this complex environment.

With the AT91SC464384RCU, Atmel offers the ability to secure highly sensitive digital transactions. This device, with its high-end security features, targets Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, thus assuring total security for mobile TV and mobile payment applications.

"In addition, the mobile telecoms, through the ETSI standardization body, selected SWP as its NFC solution," said Laurent Sustek, Atmel's technical marketing manager for advanced telecoms secure microcontroller solutions. "Atmel provides an SWP interface fully compliant with the ETSI specification which is expected by end of 2007. This high performance, low power device is designed as such to host Operating Systems integrating latest technologies."

Development tools and literature are available upon request. The first ROM codes are already set for bulk production.

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