Atmel Launches New Secure Microcontroller for Smart Objects and System Security Markets

Lower power, higher performance and various interface options without compromising security

CARTES, France, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) today announced a new family of secure microcontrollers targeting the highest security level for smart objects and systems. The new AT90SO family is the first in the industry to offer a wide range of interfaces to bring security to various applications including USB e-tokens, femtocells, smart meters, secure data storage, telehealth and gaming platforms. Built around Atmel's secureAVR(R) microcontroller technology, this new AT90SO family provides a higher level of security, performance and lower power consumption than current offerings in the market.

"Designers continue to demand higher security and cryptography computation for next-generation product designs," said Olivier Debelleix, Atmel's Marketing Manager for Embedded Security. "Atmel's new secureAVR SoCs address all these requirements. In addition, these products come with a complete security toolbox that can be easily connected to the designers' systems. This new family of SoC microcontrollers brings the most demanding smartcard security to any electronic system."

The AT90SO128, Atmel's first member of this new family, is built around the secureAVR 8-/16-bit rapid, low-power RISC architecture with 288 KB of ROM, 128 KB of EEPROM and 12 KB of RAM. These features make the secure system-on-chip (SoC) compatible with the most demanding firmware developments. Additionally, all the standard cryptography algorithms (AES, DES/TDES, RSA, ECC) are supported by embedded dedicated accelerators which are compatible with Common Criteria EAL4+ and FIPS140-2 certifications--International computer security certifications. This product comes in a variety of interface and peripherals including ISO7816, hi-speed SPI, full-speed USB 2.0, I2C compatible and GPIOs. With the secured real-time clock, all applications are stamped with a reliable time stamping to ensure a reliable time and date indication.

Availability and Photo

AT90SO128 samples are available now in both SOIC8 and QFN44 packages.

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Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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