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Advanced Microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics Ensure Ultimate Digital Security in Next-Generation Mobile and Consumer



Advanced Microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics Ensure Ultimate Digital
Security in Next-Generation Mobile and Consumer Applications

Builds on successful foundation to target advanced NFC Universal Integrated
Circuit Cards and embedded Secure Element applications

GENEVA, Nov. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a
global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications and the world's top supplier of secure chips for NFC
Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs)^[1] and embedded Secure Element
(eSE) Element^[2] applications, has revealed the latest generation of its
successful ST33 secure microcontroller line, delivering advanced performance,
enhanced security, lower power consumption and even greater multi-interface
flexibility.

ST's new ST33G1M2 offers the unique ability to function either in a
mobile-phone NFC UICC, which handles mobile payments alongside SIM
applications and user-data storage, or as a dedicated embedded secure chip in
NFC smartphones. Both sectors are growing strongly; in April 2013, SIMalliance
confirmed its members shipped over 30 million NFC-enabled SIMs in 2012^[3],
representing an 87% increase on 2011, while Eurosmart predicted that total
Secure Element shipments would exceed 250 million in 2013^[4].

The ST33G1M2 is also unique in supporting the complete MIFARE^® portfolio
including MIFARE® Classic, MIFARE DESFire^® and MIFARE Plus^®. Further
enhancements include an improved EDES+ accelerator supporting 3-key triple DES
security, and support for hardware-accelerated AES encryption (AES-HW).

John Devlin, Practice Director at ABI Research commented, "The market for
embedded and SWP^[5] SIM secure element ICs demands the highest levels of
security as well as support for recognized standards and interfaces. SIM card
manufacturers and device OEMs are looking to choose secure elements offering
greater memory capacity to support a growing breadth and volume of
applications. The ST33G1M2 positions STMicroelectronics to build upon its
significant lead and has the potential to serve additional applications such
as pay TV and high-end authentication."

Driving forward the ST33 family of secure microcontrollers suitable for both
NFC (Near Field Communication) UICC and eSE applications, ST's new ST33G1M2
provides enhanced interfaces including Single-Wire Protocol (SWP) and a Serial
Peripheral Interface (SPI), making the device suitable for a wide variety of
form factors and applications.

"The ST33G1M2 takes our industry-leading ST33 secure microcontrollers forward
into the next generation, delivering greater performance, flexibility and
enhanced security for the secure mobile applications of tomorrow," said
Laurent Degauque, Embedded Security Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics.
"With its unique combination of support for NFC UICC and eSE applications and
the entire MIFARE portfolio, plus enhanced connectivity and large on-chip
Flash memory, this device dramatically extends opportunities for issuers to
manage secure access to multiple services using the same card."

Customers using ST's ST33 family will experience easy migration of existing
solutions onto the new ST33G1M2, taking advantage of ST's seamless roadmap
that enables developers to maximize engineering re-use and deliver enhanced
eSE or UICC solutions to market quickly and efficiently. In addition, ST's
dual-factory supply capability (both 8" and 12" fab) for the ST33G1M2 ensures
consistent lead times and security of supply.

Major features of ST33G1M2:

  o 32-bit SC300 secure core based on ARM^® Cortex(TM)-M3
     
  o 1.2MByte embedded Flash
     
  o Targeted for EMVCo and EAL5+ certifications
     
  o Comprehensive MIFARE®  support
     
  o Reduced power consumption and silicon footprint
     
  o Enhanced connectivity with SPI and GPIO

The ST33G1M2 is in full production now, and available in wafers or
micromodules, or in DFN8 or WLCSP packages. Please contact your ST sales
office for pricing options and sample requests.

MIFARE and DESFire are registered trademarks of NXP B.V. in the U.S. and other
jurisdictions, and are used under license.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy 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
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.

[1] The UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card) is the smart card used in
mobile terminals in GSM and UMTS networks

[2] ABI Research: NFC Market Data, November 2013

[3] SIMalliance Reports 6% Increase in Global SIM Shipments in 2012, April 10,
2013 (http://www.simalliance.org)

[4] Eurosmart General Assembly Confirms Strong Growth, April 23, 2013.
http://www.eurosmart.com/publications/market-overview.html

[5] Single-Wire Protocol: the communication channel between the secure element
and the contactless front-end of the handset

New Secure Microcontrollers from ST:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1742829/586054.pdf 
New Secure Microcontrollers from ST_IMAGE:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1742829/586055.jpg

CONTACT: For Press Information Contact:
         STMicroelectronics
         Michael Markowitz
         Director Technical Media Relations
         +1 781 591 0354
         michael.markowitz@st.com

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