April 21, 2005 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops Industry' s Highest Capacity EEPROM-embedded Dual Interface Smart Card IC

SEOUL, Korea, April 21, 2005 – Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced
today that it has developed two dual interface smart card ICs –
product names S3CC9GC and S3CC9GW with 72kB and 144kB of embedded Electrically
Erasable and Programmable ROM (EEPROMs) respectively. Samsung’s
new smart card ICs meets world-class smart card IC specifications for
financial transactions and can store all types of personal and biological
data that will eventually be required for electronic passports.
Samsung’s new dual interface ICs allow both contact and contactless
operations. The new ICs utilize Samsung’s proprietary 16bit CalmRISC™
high-performance processor and RSA co-processor to enable PKI-type financial
transactions and support a wide range of applications with encryption
engines that have various symmetrical encryption algorithms such as 3-DES/AES.
Samsung’s new ICs support both A and B types of contactless ISO14443
interfaces, making it 100 percent compatible with existing dual interface
cards. The new ICs also virtually eliminate information leakage thanks
to a robust anti-hacking design technology.



According to market research firm, Dataquest, the demand for combi cards
is expected to rise 50 percent from 250 million to 516 million by 2008.

“Samsung prides itself on sensing market changes and applying
its leading-edge technology to meet those needs ahead of the competition,”
said Chung Chilhee, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics’
System LSI business. "We’ve already done that last year with
the development of a 512kB EEPROM-embedded smart card IC, a 1MB Flash
Memory-embedded smart card IC, and a 128MB NAND Flash Memory-embedded
smart card. We’re continuing on the same track with the introduction
of our dual interface card ICs.”
Availability

Samsung plans to begin mass-production of the new products in the second
half of this year and will make the ICs available to smart card companies
worldwide.
About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies
with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3
billion. Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in 48 countries,
the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business,
Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication
Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung
Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs,
memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com


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