Winning microcontroller is the first to combine advanced ARM® SecurCore™ SC000 secure processor, contact/contactless interfaces, and support for multiple transport-card standards
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top-three provider of smartcard ICs, today announced that its ST31 secure microcontroller family has been awarded an "Electron d'Or 2013" by the French magazine 'ElectroniqueS' in the Microcontroller category. The winner in each category is determined by an independent jury of recognized experts in the electronics industry and is selected from products released in the year leading up to the awards.
"The prestigious Electron d'Or 2013 award is an important recognition of ST's position in digital security, and particularly for our family of dual-interface secure microcontrollers that enable contact or contactless smartcards for Banking, e-ID, e-Passport, Driving License, Pay TV and Transport applications," said Marie-France Florentin, Group Vice President and General Manager of the Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics.
ST's ST31 devices are the first chip-card microcontrollers that combine the latest ARM® SecurCore™ processor (SC000) offering outstanding balance between high computing power and energy efficiency, with support for optional MIFARE™ libraries and Calypso transport-card standards enhancing multi-application versatility.
The ST31 platform has been designed to comply with the most stringent security requirements and cryptography standards. Its extremely low-power architecture helps improve communication speed and reliability in contactless applications, in which the battery-less card circuitry is powered by absorbing RF energy from the reader.
"Combining an advanced secure processor with contact and contactless interfaces, support for multiple transport-card standards, and packaging it to harvest energy from the card reader made the ST31 from STMicroelectronics a logical choice for the Electron d'Or 2013 in the microcontroller category," said Pascal Coutance, Editor in chief of ElectroniqueS magazine.
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