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Samsung designs 90nm smart card for SIM, mobile TV

Posted: 10 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:90nm smart card IC? SIM cards? mobile TV? embedded EEPROM?


Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced its 90nm smart card IC with high data storage capacity for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards and mobile TV applications.

The 90nm smart card IC (S3CC9PF) utilizes a Samsung proprietary 16bit CalmRISC processor with 16.5Kbyte RAM, 384Kbyte ROM and 288Kbyte EEPROM.

The advanced 90nm process technology has been first applied to a 288Kbyte EEPROM embedded smart card IC with plans by year-end to introduce a flash embedded version.

"The introduction of a high-performance line-up based on advanced process technology reinforces Samsung's technology leadership in the smart card IC industry," says Chilhee Chung, senior VP of system LSI division, Samsung Electronics. "Providing the industry with a variety of memory capacities and advanced security functions proactively responds to the industry's demands."

The smart card IC adopts an accelerator processor and on-chip support for symmetrical encryption/decryption standards (DES/ triple DES), an asymmetrical encryption standard (RSA) and an elliptic curve crypto (ECC) algorithm to provide users with the utmost security support, shortening user verification time by the tens and reinforcing protection against forgery or hacking. The high-level of security enforcement makes the new smart card suitable for mobile TV, mobile payment and mobile ID applications where secured user authentication and data transactions are critical.

Samsung also introduces two new lower-density versions; a 72Kbyte and a 144Kbyte embedded EEPROM SIM card IC in 90nm process technology.

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan expects the smart card market to reach $4.3 billion this year and grow to $7.6 billion by 2012 at 15 percent CAGR.

Samsung's new SIM card chips are currently sampling with mass production scheduled by year-end.

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