Atmel Expands CryptoAuthentication Portfolio with Elliptical Curve Asymmetric Key Authentication Solutions

Atmel Expands CryptoAuthentication Portfolio with Elliptical Curve Asymmetric
                         Key Authentication Solutions

New Cost-Optimized ATECC108 Solution Offers Lower Bill of Material By
Delivering an Easy-to-Use One-Chip Security Solution; Ideal for Consumer,
Medical, Industrial and Automation Applications

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel ^ Corporation (NASDAQ:
ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today
announced the expansion of its CryptoAuthentication™ portfolio to include the
ATECC108 solution with elliptical curve (ECC) asymmetric key algorithm.


Atmel's ATECC108 solution delivers advanced security features to support some
of the latest security standards from the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) including the P256, B283 and K283 elliptical curves, and
FIPS 186-3 elliptical curve digital signature algorithm. The easy-to-use
solution also delivers up to 8.5Kb EEPROM, allowing storage for up to 16 keys,
a unique 72-bit serial number and a FIPS standard-based random number
generator. The combined features make the ATECC108 solution ideal for consumer
electronics, consumables, medical devices, industrial, automation and IP
licensing applications that require increased security controls when
communicating with other devices or to the Internet.

The ATECC108 is a perfect solution for authenticating system accessories,
consumables and spare parts. Through authentication, the manufacturer can
ensure their revenue stream and product quality are protected by only allowing
OEM-authorized accessories to work with their equipment. This device also
delivers an overall lower bill of material (BOM) by only requiring one
security chip on the accessory side without the need to protect the key
storage on the host system side since the host only needs to store a public
key. The device is easy to design in and in many cases will require nothing
more than a software upgrade on the host system.

According to the NSA*, "New techniques have been developed which offer both
better performance and higher security than first generation public key
techniques. The best assured group of new public key techniques is built on
the arithmetic of elliptic curves. [As one] scales security upwards over time
to meet the evolving threat posed by eavesdroppers and hackers with access to
greater computing resources, elliptic curves begin to offer dramatic savings
over the old, first generation techniques." 

"In this increasingly connected world, wireless communication is becoming more
prevalent making security a very important feature in every design," said
Kerry Maletsky, Director of Security Solutions, Atmel Corporation. "There are
two fundamental security encryption technologies, symmetric and asymmetric,
with the industry rapidly progressing to the latter technology. Atmel's new
ATECC108 CryptoAuthentication solution makes this technically difficult shift
easier and more cost effective by lowering the overall system cost."

Atmel's ATECC108 and other CryptoAuthentication solutions can be ideally
paired with an Atmel AVR or ARM-based microcontroller for a complete system
solution. To learn more about Atmel MCUs, click here.

Other key features for the ATECC108 solution can be found here.

Pricing and Availability

Atmel's ATECC108 solution is available now in three different packages
including UDFN, SOIC and 3-lead Contact. Pricing starts at $0.54 USD for
1,000-piece quantity.

More Information

Atmel CryptoAuthentication Devices:
Atmel ATECC108 Solution:
Atmel YouTube Channel at


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

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