Theseus Platinum Family of SICs Announced

Published: Mon 4 Nov 2002 02:29 PM
Emosyn Announces Theseus Platinum Family of Secure Integrated Circuits
World's Most Advanced, Flash Memory-based Secure Microcontroller Architecture
Emosyn, the fabless semiconductor division of ATMI, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATMI) today announced its second-generation Theseus(R) Family of secure, high-performance, microcontroller integrated circuits for smart cards -- the Theseus Platinum(TM) Family -- which enables unique product differentiation by allowing software to define and control hardware features, such as memory architecture and function, power management, security levels, and central processing unit ("CPU") performance.
"This is clearly a breakthrough for the smart card industry," said Nicholas Wood, President of Emosyn. "The Theseus Platinum Family provides the most flexible, high-performance platform for our customers to address their fast changing needs in providing secure transactions for mobile phone, banking, and identification markets. These products allow the customers to configure -- or re-configure -- the silicon assets required to target the end application on their production line or in the field, instead of at the point of inventory purchase."
The first member of the Theseus Platinum family of devices is moving into volume production. The second member is expected to be sampling this year, and should start volume production within three months -- demonstrating that the rapid development concept of the architecture is successfully being implemented.
"Our first product, the Theseus Platinum 40, offers 40 kilobytes of user-configurable non-volatile memory at CPU speeds of up to 60 megahertz," Wood said. "Over the coming weeks, we plan to introduce a series of devices, development tools, and customer applications that use the Theseus Platinum advantages."
Phil Barnett, Emosyn's Director of Technology said, "The Theseus Platinum Family is, we believe, the best combination of performance, power consumption, flexibility, and cost in the world. Our proprietary intellectual property allows us to rapidly expand our product roadmap with many product offerings, while seamlessly integrating new chip technology blocks -- including customer-specific requirements -- ahead of market demand. The product family is backwards-compatible with the first generation Theseus Gold family, while offering the ability to move to another level in performance and flexibility. Further product introductions rounding out the family offering into the entire marketplace will be following shortly."
According to Eurosmart, an organisation promoting the adoption and interoperability of smart cards, the smart card market for 2002 is forecast to consume 689 million secure microprocessors. Further information about the smart card market is available on
Emosyn LLC, a fabless semiconductor company, is a subsidiary of ATMI, Inc. Emosyn has a design center in San Jose, California; corporate headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut; and sales and marketing headquarters in Europe.
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