STMicroelectronics First to Market With New Generation of

STMicroelectronics First to Market With New Generation of
High-Performance Dual-Interface Chip-Card Microcontrollers 
First to Combine Advanced ARM(R) SecurCore(TM) SC000(TM) Processor,
Contact/Contactless Interfaces, and Support for Multiple
Transport-Card Standards 
GENEVA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/29/12 --   STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications and a top-three provider of
smart card ICs, is leading the next generation of secure
dual-interface chip-card microcontrollers combining advanced
computing power with high contactless performance. 
ST's new ST31 series is the first chip-card microcontroller to
combine the latest ARM(R) SecurCore(TM) SC000(TM) processor that
delivers outstanding computing performance and energy efficiency,
support for contact or contactless operation, and support for
MIFARE(TM), MIFARE DESFire(TM) and Calypso transport-card standards
enhancing multi-application versatility. The ST31's extremely
low-power architecture helps improve communication speed and
reliability in contactless applications, in which the card circuitry
is powered by RF energy from the reader. 
"ST is a leading ARM SecurCore silicon licensee, and the first to
announce general availability of products based on the SC000
processor," said Noel Hurley, VP strategy and marketing, processor
division, ARM. "This advanced processor targets today's highest
volume smart-card applications, with proven SecurCore security
capabilities, low power consumption, reduced silicon footprint, and
numerous architectural features that help reduce development costs
and speed up time to market." 
"The ST31 series strengthens ST's position in the digital security
arena, expanding our family of dual-interface secure microcontrollers
to support banks and service providers in deploying secure and
convenient contactless solutions," said Marie-France Florentin,
General Manager, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. 
Chip cards for banking and multi-applications including payment and
transport are being adopted rapidly worldwide. Over 90% of
card-payment terminals in Europe already comply with the EMV
(Europay, Mastercard, Visa) standard for chip and PIN cards[1]. The
latest contactless standards promise even greater convenience for
customers, shorter transaction times, and greater security. Credit
card fraud has dropped appreciably after chip cards have been
introduced in Europe and countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan
and Korea. Banks in China and Hong Kong are working towards complete
conversion by 2015. 
The ST31 series chips rely on a highly secure architecture targeting
EMVCo and Common Criteria EAL5+/EAL6+ security certifications,
capable of supporting recognized cryptography algorithms such as DES,
AES, RSA and ECC, while also reducing implementation costs by
utilizing the silicon-efficient SecurCore SC000 processor based on
ARM's advanced v7-M microcontroller architecture. This will
accelerate conversion to chip cards in transitioning areas such as
China, where cost is a major consideration for card issuers. A
single-interface version of the ST31 for contact-only application is
also available. 
Major features of ST31 series:  

--  ARM SecurCore SC000 Processor
--  16 KB - 52 KB on-chip EEPROM options
--  NESCRYPT co-processor for public key cryptography algorithm
--  NESLIB certified cryptography library option
--  ISO 7816 compliant for contact-card applications
--  ISO 14443 A/B/B' contactless protocols, with automatic protocol
--  Contactless Automatic Frequency Control
--  Contactless data rate up to 3.4 Mbit/s
--  Support for simultaneous contact/contactless operation
--  MIFARE(TM) and MIFARE DESFire(TM) certified libraries option
--  90nm advanced NVM technology

The ST31 series is sampling now and scheduled for certification in
April 2013. Devices will be available with an EEPROM memory size of
52, 34, 22 or 16 KB, single or dual interface, and in wafer form or
embeddable module. For further information, including pricing, please
contact your ST sales office. 
About STMicroelectronics
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management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare
and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office,
at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
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[1] EMVCo 
ST31 Highly Secure MCU 
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