Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT Secure Microcontroller Qualified by FIME for ePassports Applications

Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT Secure Microcontroller Qualified by FIME for ePassports Applications

Rousset, France, June 20, 2007–Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced today that FIME, an external and independent third party laboratory, has certified that Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT secure microcontroller is compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and ISO 14443 specifications (contactless interface for smart card). The FIME report is available from Atmel upon request.

Benoit Makowka, Atmel’s Product Line Manager for ID and Banking products stated, “The FIME report shows Atmel fulfills all technical requirements for ePassport and ID applications. Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT chip is already Common Criteria EAL5+ certified and strong interoperability performance has already been proven during international plug test forums.”

FIME, a trusted laboratory recognized worldwide for its expertise in component evaluation related to contactless applications, is an essential player in the ePassport test market. Xavier Giandominici, Business Development Manager for FIME stated, “Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT secure microcontroller was successfully qualified in FIME’s new ePassport test environment under the ISO and ICAO compliance specifications. To ensure compliance under extreme conditions, FIME, with its new test environment, undertakes compliance testing in different temperature environments and at different data transfer rates; temperatures ranging from minus 10°C, room temperature to 50°C – and communications speeds of 106, 212, 424 and 848 kbps. Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT secure microcontroller also complied with the durability tests performed by FIME according to the latest ICAO Durability of Machine Readable Passports v3.2.”

FIME offers a complete range of test services for ePassport applications including Layers A and 1 to 7 under the current ICAO specifications, distributes qualified ePassport test benches and supports its worldwide customers from the initial product specification to the commercial launch.

About Atmel

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

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About FIME

Through a complete and integrated test offer, test tools distribution, consulting and outsourced R&D for successful “IC-projects,” FIME is a genuine business catalyst. Pioneer of contact smart card testing in the 90’s, FIME is affirming its leadership in the contactless smart card market today. With 100 employees on three continents, FIME provides a solution adapted to the local needs of its customers. FIME, an affiliate of France Telecom, offers the flexibility and reactivity of an SME as well as the financial stability of a large group. FIME is a brand of Groupe Silicomp. In January 2007, France Telecom acquired more than 90% of Groupe Silicomp, which is part of the Orange Business Services offering. For more information, visit


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