Philips Semiconductors, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, announced SmartXA, a second generation of its high-end smart card microcontrollers. SmartXA is designed to power future developments in mobile communications and secure network access. The new 16-bit architecture has been optimised to support multiple applications. With its high levels of security and support for public key cryptography it also provides a secure platform for banking and government applications.
In 2001, telecom industry leaders will begin trials of high-end GSM Java cards and Universal IC cards (UICCs are comparable to today’s SIM cards in GSM networks) for third generation mobile phones. SmartXA 2nd generation is the ideal choice for future mobile communications because it is capable of supporting all applications delivered across a Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) network, such as an electronic purse, a national electronic ID, RSA-based digital signatures, and modules for secured WAP operations.
“With SmartXA 2nd generation, Philips Semiconductors is leading the way for a new world of interactive mobile applications, creating opportunities for smart card users to transact a wide range of on-line business in complete security, ” said Karsten Ottenberg, General Manager of the Business Line Identification, Philips Semiconductors.
Key Features Of The New SmartXA 2nd Generation Family
— High performance through a true 16-bit architecture, enabling the use of a wide range of interpreter-based languages and open software platforms, including Java, Windows for Smart Cards and Multos, and to support multiple application use of smart cards
— Enhanced memory configuration with up to 64 K EEPROM, 128 K ROM and 5 K RAM
— Low power consumption (required in mobile applications)
— USB interface, enabling easy access to smart card data and applications from personal computers
— Fast and flexible Cyclic Redundancy Code (CRC) Calculation Unit to support high security data integrity
— Comprehensive security features including an enhanced on-chip hardware firewall which provides separation and integrity of data and applications, a true random number generator , a high-speed triple DES coprocessor, and a FameX public key cryptography co-processor
Philips Semiconductors SmartXA 2nd generation is part of an extended family concept, offering a complete product range to address the different requirements of future smart card applications. With the advent of new, even more advanced silicon process technologies like 0.18 um and below, Philips Semiconductors as a recognized technology leader will be able to implement new smart card IC architectures efficiently. A direct result is that, to broaden its smart card IC portfolio further to an extended 8-, 16- and 32-bit concept, Philips Semiconductors is also working on new 32-bit architectures, in parallel to the design of its next silicon process technology based on CMOS 0.18 um.
About Philips Semiconductors
Philips Semiconductors, which has annual revenues of approximately US$5 billion, designs and manufactures semiconductors and silicon systems platforms. Philips Semiconductors is spearheading the emerging field of systems on silicon solutions with the innovative Nexperia(TM) platform and VLSI Velocity(TM) tool set. The company’s Sea-of-IP design methodology allows plug and play intellectual property blocks for easily customizable products. The company is a leader in communications, consumer, PC peripherals and automotive semiconductors, which are key applications for convergence in end-user products. Philips Semiconductors is headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has operations throughout the world. For more information: [http://www.philips.semiconductors.com].