February 02, 1998 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Debuts New Line of Smart Card ICs

SAN JOSE, Calif., USA - February 2, 1998 - Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI) today said it is introducing a new family of smart card microcontrollers that leverages the company's high volume manufacturing technology. These ISO-compatible smart card ICs complement Samsung's current success in their line of LCD integrated smart card-reader ICs.
"Samsung will use its high volume, technologically advanced manufacturing process to reduce costs and cut turnaround time for its customers of the KS88C94 series of 8-bit smart card controllers," said Lisa Pliner, senior product marketing engineer at SSI's System LSI Microcontroller Division. "Samsung is committed to thiss market and has plans to develop a full line of MCU smart card chips for high end applications, such as cards combining contact and contactless features as well as cards with an integrated crypto-processor. Samsung also plans to supply stand alone EEPROM's for less advanced applications such as pre-paid phone cards and stored value cards."s

Features
The first product in this new series is the KCS88C9408 whose CPU core is based on a 16-bit address bus. Samsung's current line-up contains 8K of on-board EEPROM for storing and retrieving data, as well as 16K of ROM for program memory, and a 528 byte register file and/or data buffer memory to facilitate authentication and serial communications with the data terminal. Other features include a 16-bit random number generator and voltage and frequency detect modules for increased security, as well as an 8-bit basic timer for on-chip housekeeping and terminal data synchronization. Samsung's chip operating system (COS) conforms to ISO standards (ISO7816-3 and 4). To simplify this procedure, Samsung's smart card ICs include a kernel subroutine to perform standard functions which is stored in a 1K-byte area of the ROM and is designed to perform common serial I/O and EEPROM access operations. This accelerates the application development process and helps to ensure that applications based on Samsung's smart card ICs will be fully compatible with industry standard platforms, card readers, and related devices.

Development Tools
Samsung provides a powerful and easy-to-use application development system for this new family of smart card ICs. The SMDSII+ is a real-time, high performance MCU development system stacked in a single portable case and is designed to use any PC compatible as its host computer. The hardware includes a base unit, a trace/timer unit, RAM breakout and display unit, a PROM/MTP writer and a power supply. Device-specific target boards, adapter boards and connector cables are also provided. Also offered is the Samsung Host Interface to Software Emulator (SHINE) which is a convenient MS Windows(TM)-based program providing a full range of project management, editing, debugging, trace/timing, and code conversion tools. Integral to this software is the new SASM relocatable 8-bit compiler and assembler. Samsung also makes available a third party C compiler through IAR for its 8-bit product lines.

Pricing and Availability
All smart card ICs will be available in either bare die or COB (Chip On Board) configurations. The KS88C9408 is currently available and is priced at $1.99 in die form and $2.74 in COB form for volumes of 50K units annually.

Samsung Semiconductor
Samsung Semiconductor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, an $18.8 billion division of the $92.7 billion, Korea-based, Samsung Group. Samsung's Semiconductor Division is the seventh largest semiconductor manufacturer and the leading producer of memory products in the world. Samsung Semiconductor's North American headquarters are located in San Jose, Calif. Samsung was the first company to introduce the 64-Megabit DRAM and the first fully functional 256-Megabit DRAM in 1994. In November 1996, Samsung had the world's first working silicon for the 1-Gigabit DRAM. Samsung's System LSI products, include ASICs, microcontrollers, power devices, media products and the 0.25um Alpha processor.

For more information on Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor Division, please visit http://www.samsungsemi.com.

CONTACT: Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Vera Haire, 408/544-4120


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