Atmel Corporation announced the strengthening of its partnership with
Gemplus, to promote the new monolithic GemCore Pro smart card interface,
which integrates, the new Atmel T83C5121 microcontroller into their one-chip
secure smart card reader.
The improved GemCore one chip solution based on T83C5121 Atmel
offers set-top box, PDA, EFT-POS terminal and mobile phone manufacturers a
unique opportunity to quickly and easily integrate a universal smart card
interface into their devices.
GemCore architectures have all received mandatory certifications for
payment from EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa), ZKA (Zentraler Kreditausschuss,
for the German GeldKarte e-purse system), Mondex, GIE Cartes Bancaires and
Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) to name but a few. Smart card
based applications allow unrivaled security and are thus perfect for
secure payments and transactions from any communicating equipment.
The Atmel T83C5121 integrates a 16-Kbyte on-chip ROM memory, a DC/DC converter
with very high efficiency (75 up to 98%), an ISO7816 UART for easy data
transfer to the card and dual slot capability to address another card (3 volt
SIM card). The DC/DC converter powers the inserted card with the appropriate
voltage (5, 3 or 1.8 volt) regardless of the input voltage. The T83C5121 also
includes a unique power management unit which handles wake up, reset and power
fail. Power down consumption has been optimized to 20 microampere maximum for
In addition, the T83C5121 contains all the improvements of Atmel’s new C51
core, especially the X2 feature which helps reduce electro-magnetic emissions,
by dividing the crystal frequency by two, while maintaining the same computing
power. For ESD protection card I/O’s have been especially designed to be
resistant to 4,000 volts.
Manish Vadher, marketing director for Standard Microcontrollers at Atmel said,
“GemCore including T83C5121 is a definitive step forward in the innovation of
smart card reader applications helping to reduce time to market for our
Alexandre Lorenzi, Smart Card Interfaces Division director at Gemplus
confirmed, “This cooperation will develop business for both companies in the
fast growing smart card interface market. Gemplus’ expertise in smart card and
Atmel’s knowledge of the consumer and telecom markets will help to develop and
promote the right solutions at optimized costs, opening consumer
the promising world of smart card based applications.”
A full set of support tools is also available. It includes a hardware emulator
and a software compiler/simulator and starter kit. Available in industrial and
commercial temperature range, the T83C5121 is packaged in SSOP24, PLCC52 or
Samples with GemCore firmware, complete integration documentation as well as
Gemplus expert services to ensure a smooth certification process will be
available from Gemplus in Q1 2002. Production in volume will start in Q2 2002.
GemCore including T83C5121 achieves a significant 30% cost reduction which has
already convinced major consumer electronics goods manufacturers to select
GemCore as their preferred smart card interface solution.
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with
manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs,
manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile
memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level
integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high-voltage
BCDMOS process technologies.