Atmel Creates Secure Microcontroller for e-Tokens, Embedded Systems

Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the availability of the AT91SC192192CT-USB, a FLASH based, ARM(R) SC100 powered, secure microcontroller. The AT91SC series is a family of low power, high-performance 32-bit RISC secure microcontroller with ROM or FLASH program memory, advanced EEPROM data memory and powerful cryptographic accelerators. These products target applications that require high computing power, high-speed communication interfaces and seamless connection to very large memories.

Based on the ARM(R) SC100 CPU, the AT91SC192192CT-USB features 192 Kbytes of FLASH program memory, 192 Kbytes of high-performance EEPROM (fast erase/write time, high endurance) and 24 Kbytes of RAM. Also included are a Full Speed USB 2.0 interface with 5 Endpoints, an SPI interface to communicate in an Embedded System environment or to connect to a NOR Flash and dedicated hardware to connect to a NAND Flash. The device is particularly well suited to build high-end secure e-Tokens and to be used in Embedded Systems where it can serve as a Security Module to prevent hardware counterfeiting, store secure data, provide authentication services, process digital rights management etc.

Fully compatible with the ROM-based AT91SC512384RCT, the AT91SC192192CT-USB also incorporates the standard ISO 7816 Smart Card and the emerging Single Wire Protocol (SWP) interfaces. This makes the AT91SC192192CT-USB a flexible FLASH alternative to its ROM sibling for Smart Card applications such as next-generation (U)SIM cards.

Eric Le Cocquen, Atmel’s Embedded Systems Product Line Manager stated, “Our new AT91SC192192CT-USB combines Atmel’s recognized Smart Card Chip Security, state of the art crypto and ARM(R) SC100 computing power with FLASH flexibility on a versatile platform designed to address a wide spectrum of security applications. Thanks to its rich set of interfaces and FLASH, our product can quickly be added to virtually any embedded system.”

Availability and Pricing
AT90SC192192CT-USB samples are available now in a LQFP64 package. Pricing starts at US $8.84 for 10k units.

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