August 31, 2004 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Produces World's Highest-capacity Smart Card IC

- SAMSUNG launches a 256KB EEPROM built-in smart card.


- The high-density device incorporates a 16-bit CPU(CalmRISC16) and hardware 3-DES.

- This product is targeting high-end smart card application area including mobile banking.

- The smart card market is growing at CAGR 17% from 2004 to 2007.
SEOUL, Korea - August 31, 2004 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced semiconductor technology, completes a full line up of high performance, high-capacity
smart card technology with the introduction of the world's first 256-kilobyte (KB)
EEPROM (Electrically Erasable and Programmable ROM) embedded smart card.
The new smart card IC (part number: S3CC9EF) has a broad range of applications
that include the User Identity Module (UIM) and Universal Subscriber Identity
Module (USIM) for GSM/GPRS and IMT 2000 handsets, Java cards, multimedia products,
and electronic passports, demand for which has surged to ensure security measures
in individual identification systems.



The S3CC9EF features a 256KB EEPROM, 384KB ROM and 8KB static RAM
to satisfy completely the specifications required by makers of high-performance smart cards
and Subscriber Identity Module cards. The SIM cards need a high-capacity EEPROM
to not only store individual subscriber data but also retain various data needed
for a mobile phone to run games, access Internet services, provide a telephone directory
and take advantage of text data services.



On the hardware side, Samsung's S3CC9EF comes with a 16-bit CalmRISC CPU
developed in-house and triple DES, the standard symmetrical key encryption.

The smart card IC is fast and highly reliable in protecting the user ID.

An attack prevention design technology has been applied to prevent hackers
from accessing personal data.



“Samsung Electronics has developed and supplied smart card ICs equipped
with the highest-capacity, 256KB EEPROMs following the 128KB EEPROM product last year.

As such, we have been leading the technology for high-performance, high-capacity smart cards.

Our devices support diverse application programs that require large amounts of data
such as games and internet access,” said Chilhee Chung, Vice President of
Samsung Electronics' System LSI business. “In the process, we have contributed to
the increase of performance level for the smart cards and multimedia services
and look forward to positioning the Samsung's advanced smart card technology
in future 3G SIM card markets with the availability of the new high density memory
built-in smart card.”



The S3CC9EF has been shipped to major European card maker for high density
memory embedded SIM card and is currently available for sales worldwide.



Samsung now has a full lineup of EEPROM embedded smart card ICs
from 8 KB to 256KB. As a result, the company can further support customers
with its wide range of advanced card solutions fulfilling customer demands
and enforcing its market competitiveness.



In addition, Samsung Electronics has received international certifications
such as EAL4+ and VISA Hardware Architecture Level 3 for six of its
smart card ICs, including the recently completed device with 64KB EEPROM.

Gartner Dataquest, the market analysis firm, predicts the global smart card market
will reach 1.16 billion units in 2004 and average 17% annual growth to
some 1.87 billion units by 2007.
About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2003 parent company sales of US$36.4 billion and net income of US$5.0 billion. Employing approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices in 46 countries, the company consists of six main business units: Corporate Technology Operations, Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips, TFT-LCDs and VCRs. For more information, visit www.samsung.com .


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