Samsung Raises Bar for High Density Flash Memory-Embedded Smart Card ICs

Cartes 2005 Congress Booth Hall 3 No.3 C029 PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2005--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced the introduction of a 2MB flash memory-embedded smart card IC (S3FJ91L), raising the bar even higher by doubling the data storage capabilities. Samsung's new 2MB smart card IC meets all the industry requirements for 3G multimedia handsets by enabling higher memory density for SMS, telephone directory, games and Internet services as well as its typical subscriber identification function.

The new SIM card IC will be demonstrated in Booth Hall 3 no.3 C029 at the Cartes 2005 exhibition held at Paris, France from November 15 through 17.

The speed and reliability of user identification in the S3FJ91L is guaranteed by ARM-based 32bit SC200 Secure Core, a 3-DES encryption standard and a PKI crypto processor. Its fortified anti-hacking technology significantly reduces the risk of personal information leakage.

Samsung's S3FJ91L IC has a built-in 16KB Static RAM to enable easy upgrades and the introduction of various applications by software developers. A Java Accelerator also improves the speed and makes it easier to implement Java-based platforms.

The S3FJ91L supports an operating voltage from 1.62V to 5V. Such low power requirement is compatible with power consumption requirements of the GSM standard. In addition, data programming and updating processes operate independently of one another, making memory management easier and more efficient.

For the first time in the smart card industry, Samsung's new IC is manufactured on a 300 mm wafer fab, gaining global competitiveness in terms of cost. The new IC will be applied to various smart cards such as USIM and UIM cards for GSM, GPRS and IMT2000 as well as JAVA and multimedia cards. With the introduction of the new S3FJ91L, Samsung has now established a full line of smart card ICs with embedded memory from 96KB to 2MB.

The market research company, iSuppli, forecasts that the fast-growing smart card market demand will reach 1 billion units this year and surpass 1.6 billion by 2008.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,600 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

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-- GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)

Introduced in 1999, this service supports high-speed Internet services and some features of video communication. GPRS is often called 2.5 generation service because it offers technology that falls between the 2G and the 3G or IMT2000.

-- USIM Card

USIM card for IMT2000 mobile handsets stockpiles subscriber information to support e-commerce, global roaming, digital cash and payment for public transit systems. This card integrates SIM and UIM, which had been preciously operated separately for different mobile services.

-- 3-DES (3-data Encryption Standard)

It refers to an encryption standard released by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. This standard enhances the security of DES by using three encryption keys.

-- PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

PKI utilizes the public key cryptosystem to support authentication of the identification of message senders, encryption of messages and digital signatures. The most widely used PKI is RSA (Rivest Shamir Adleman), an internet encryption and authentication system algorithm which was developed by three mathematicians Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman. A PKI crypto-processor is a system designed to accelerate the RSA operation, the most time-consuming operation for modular exponentiation.


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