Atmel Announces New secureAVR Microcontroller

Atmel(R)Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the introduction of its AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller in replacement of its present AT90SC6404RT chip. The additional ROM memory in the device allows customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market and makes this chip perfectly suited for cost sensitive applications such as low end contact bank cards.

Based on Atmel’s optimized 8-/16-bit RISC SecureAVR(R)CPU architecture, the AT90SC9604RU features on-chip high density, compact memories: 4 Kbytes EEPROM, 96 Kbytes of user-ROM, and 2 Kbytes of RAM. This product has been designed to meet the security standards of Common Criteria EAL4+ and EMVCo. It shares the same common features with Atmel’s secureAVR family including strong security mechanisms, a DES/TDES processor, a true random number generator, DFA/DPA/SPA resistant, firewalls and environmental protections to name just a few.

Benoit Makowka, Banking and ID Product Line Manager stated, “The addition of this new device reinforces Atmel’s commitment to serve banking and government markets. We strongly believe that this new product will help our customers to develop compact Operating Systems and application code to serve in long term a cost sensitive market requiring more and more security.”

Availability and Pricing
AT90SC9604RU samples are available now. Production will start in Q2 of 2007. Pricing starts at US $0.67 for 10k units.

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry’s broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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