Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced its 90-nanometer smart card IC with high-data storage capacity for subscriber identity module cards and mobile TV applications.
The new 90nm smart card IC uses a Samsung proprietary 16-bit CalmRISC processor with 16.5KB RAM, 384KB ROM, and a large capacity 288KB EEPROM. Samsung will unveil a flash memory version of the chip by the end of the year.
The new smart card IC uses an accelerator processor and on-chip support for symmetrical encryption/decryption standards, an asymmetrical encryption standard and an elliptic curve crypto algorithm to provide users with security support, shortening user verification time and reinforcing protection against forgery or hacking.
The security enforcement makes the new smart card suitable for mobile TV, mobile payment and mobile ID applications where secured user authentication and data transactions are important. Samsung also introduces two new lower-density versions; a 72KB- and a 144KB- embedded EEPROM SIM card IC in 90nm process technology.
Samples of Samsung’s new chips are are available with mass production scheduled for the end of 2008.