Steven Laub

CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of card industry movers and shakers today features Steven Laub, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atmel. The Company specializes in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.

Atmel Expands ARM926-based MCU Family

Atmel Corporation microcontroller and touch technology solutions, announced five new devices to the Atmel SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs). The new SAM9 devices target applications in industrial and building control, HVAC, Point of Sale (POS) terminals, printers and medical devices, smart grid with data concentrators, human machine interfaces (HMI) and machine-to-machine (M2M) market segments. The new SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, SAM9X35 devices expand Atmel’s existing ARM-based portfolio by supporting a range of key technology features required for applications. These key features include replacing SDRAM with DDR2 memory for more memory-intensive applications; NAND flash support with 24-bit ECC for reduced system cost; and more communication channels including dual 10/100 Ethernet, dual CAN and up to 3x USB ports for a variety of application requirements.

INSIDE Forges Managerial Makeover

INSIDE Secure semiconductors announced several promotions designed to strengthen the management team for the next phase of the company’s growth. With this, Charles Walton has been promoted to chief operating officer for INSIDE after serving as executive vice president of payments for several years. Christian Fleutelot, formerly managing director of Atmel’s SMS business (just acquired by INSIDE), is now general manager of INSIDE’s VaultIC-Secure Microcontroller Solutions business unit. Andy Bear, who joined INSIDE as part of the Atmel SMS business acquisition, has been promoted to general manager of INSIDE’s new East Kilbride, UK operations. Bertrand Moussel has been promoted to executive vice president of worldwide sales. Additionally, Lim Boon Heong was appointed to general manager for the Asia-Pacific region.

INSIDE Contactless Changes Name

INSIDE Contactless announced it has changed its name to INSIDE Secure to reflect the company’s newly enhanced product portfolio and market focus after the acquisition of Atmel Corporation’s Secure Microcontroller Solutions business. The new name represents INSIDE’s mission to be the leading provider of semiconductors for secure transactions and digital identity, and its position as the only company 100 percent focused on secure semiconductors.

“INSIDE Secure is very well positioned to sustain future growth by combining contactless and security expertise, products and innovation to drive trust into the next wave of smart card, mobile and Internet device applications, services and infrastructure.”
“Through the strategic acquisition of Atmel SMS, we are building on our contactless leadership to create a unique fabless semiconductor leader aimed at driving trust for the secure transaction and digital identity markets,” said Rémy de Tonnac, chief executive officer for INSIDE Secure. “INSIDE Secure is very well positioned to sustain future growth by combining contactless and security expertise, products and innovation to drive trust into the next wave of smart card, mobile and Internet device applications, services and infrastructure.”

The next generation of electronic transactions via the Internet, mobile devices and other channels will require increased security. INSIDE Secure’s broad portfolio of secure semiconductors inject trust into mobile phones, passports and ID cards, payment cards, acceptance devices, set top boxes, transit fare collection systems, physical access control systems and other embedded security applications.

With a global presence, INSIDE’s deep understanding of vertical markets and ecosystem relationships, and its fabless model, enable the company to anticipate market needs and adapt quickly to customer requirements.

INSIDE already has achieved leadership positions in several large, high-growth sectors, such as global payments (including EMV dual interface), electronic identification, embedded security, pay TV and mobile NFC markets. With more than 350 million chips delivered to customers each year, INSIDE Secure is the number one global provider of contactless chips for payments, and is the near field communication (NFC) technology and market leader. INSIDE is now uniquely positioned for the anticipated explosive growth in its markets.

About INSIDE Secure

INSIDE’s secure semiconductor products power smart cards, mobile devices, acceptance devices and infrastructure systems. The company’s expertise in microcontroller architectures, security, RF/analog design and vertical market requirements places INSIDE Secure in the forefront of secure contactless, contact, embedded and NFC technologies. INSIDE’s innovation, collaboration with customers and commitment to open standards have earned it a leadership position in markets worldwide. INSIDE Secure is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Europe, Asia and Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.insidesecure.com.

INSIDE EXECS

INSIDE Secure semiconductors announced several promotions designed to strengthen the management team for the next phase of the company’s growth. With this, Charles Walton has been promoted to chief operating officer for INSIDE after serving as executive vice president of payments for several years. Christian Fleutelot, formerly managing director of Atmel’s SMS business (just acquired by INSIDE), is now general manager of INSIDE’s VaultIC-Secure Microcontroller Solutions business unit. Andy Bear, who joined INSIDE as part of the Atmel SMS business acquisition, has been promoted to general manager of INSIDE’s new East Kilbride, UK operations. Bertrand Moussel has been promoted to executive vice president of worldwide sales. Additionally, Lim Boon Heong was appointed to general manager for the Asia-Pacific region.

INSIDE

INSIDE Contactless contactless secure transaction chip technologies has completed the acquisition of Atmel Corporation’s Secure Microcontroller Solutions (SMS). INSIDE paid $32 million in cash after an adjustment based on the working capital of the transferred business at the closing on September 30, subject to an additional cash consideration of up to $21 million if certain earn-out targets are met in 2010 and 2011. The agreement also provides INSIDE a royalty-based, intellectual property license agreement to support current and future SMS products. In addition, INSIDE entered into a multi-year supply agreement to continue sourcing wafers from the fabrication facility in Rousset, France that Atmel recently sold to LFoundry GmbH.

Marvell Semiconductors Deploy Model N Revenue MGMT

Marvell Semiconductors has deployed the Model N “High Tech Revenue Management” Suite to boost gross margins and market share in an increasingly global and competitive semiconductor marketplace. Marvell is leveraging Model N’s integrated Revenue Management platform to streamline and automate previously manual and error-prone pricing processes; enhance visibility into global demand by tracking direct and channel leads and opportunities through to the end customer; and increase revenue by improving management and control over contractual obligations.

EUROSMART

Eurosmart General Assembly gathering in Munich unanimously elected a new Bureau, which is mandated by the Steering Committee to ensure the day-to-day management of the Association and to ensure the efficient implementation of decisions. The members include:
Marc Bertin (Oberthur Technologies), reelected Chairman for a second mandate; Oyvind Rastad (Gemalto) and Thomas Froschmeier (Giesecke & Devrient) newly elected Vice-Chairmen and Dr. Helmut Gassel (Infineon), reelected as Treasurer for a third mandate. Bruno Dupont as Secretary General is also part of the Bureau but with no voting right.
Eurosmart Chairman underlined 2009 key achievements to promote the Smart Security Industry and delivered a vision for future developments.
Among the priorities for 2010, the General Assembly decided to launch a new Task Force on Biometry to elaborate a vision of the Biometric technology state of the art and best use cases, as well as technical choices of implementation when in combination with Smart card technology. The approach of the Task Force will be to explain Biometrics and its applications; To develop a vision on the “Internet of Things”: a digitalized world will require more security, as well as privacy and data protection; to strengthen the mission of education through high level trainings on the latest innovative ICTs, starting with Machine-to-Machine sessions; to keep promoting interoperability and European standards and to improve security certification by pushing for the convergence of certification schemes and developing guidelines on security levels.

INSIDE CONTACTLESS & ATMEL

INSIDE Contactless has entered into an agreement to purchase for cash
consideration Atmel’s Secure Microcontroller Solutions (SMS) business.
The transaction will be financed by the existing INSIDE investors led by
Gimv and Sofinnova Partners, along with the French sovereign wealth
fund, Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI). Atmel also will make an
investment in INSIDE. After completion of the information and consultation process with its
Works Council, in accordance with French law, Atmel will seek
authorization from its board of directors to enter into the purchase
agreement with INSIDE, with the transaction expected to close in the
third quarter of 2010, subject to certain closing conditions.

ARM SC000

ARM has announced the launch of the highly compact and energy-efficient ARM
“SecurCore SC000” processor designed specifically for the highest volume smartcard and embedded security applications. The “SC000” combines the proven security features of ARM SecurCore processors, currently the most widely licensed 32-bit CPU for smartcards worldwide, with leadership technology from the Cortex-M0. The result provides comparable performance at three times the energy efficiency and one third of the size. The SC000 processor’s low power footprint makes it an ideal choice for a range of contactless and NFC applications.
The highly configurable security features of the SC000 processor enable vendors to easily design a diverse range of differentiated secure devices for specific smartcard applications while retaining forward architectural compatibility with the high-end SC300 processor, enabling easy migration to high-performance, high-security applications.

Xirgo Technologies Deploys Atmel Cortex M3 Asset Tracking

Microcontroller and touch-based solution provider Atmel has
been selected by Xirgo Technologies to provide the “Atmel Cortex M3”
asset tracking platform. Atmel’s Cortex-M3-based Flash microcontrollers
offer increased
processing power and enhanced power efficiency necessary for on-device
application support to substantially reduce data transmission costs,
while maximizing battery life. Atmel’s SAM3S-series enable an easy
migration path for SAM7S customers
to a 50 percent more powerful, lower power and feature-rich Flash MCU,
while preserving hardware and software investments. At maximum operating
frequency of 64 MHz, the device consumes only 1.45 mW / MHz. Xirgo
Technologies’ existing machine-to-machine
communications devices are used by leading companies in automotive
insurance, fleet tracking, vehicle financing, and dealer lot inventory
verticals. Xirgo is targeting its next-generation platform, designed to
address the long battery life requirements of portable tracking
solutions, for the emerging cargo and package tracking verticals.