ARM announced the availability of the ARM SecurCore SC300 processor, designed for contactless and USB smart cards and embedded security applications.
The new product, based upon the Cortex-M3 processor, combines the security features of ARM SecurCore processors, the 32-bit RISC CPU for smart cards, with the code efficiency of the Thumb-2 instruction set architecture.
With collaboration from three tier one contactless IC vendors, the SecurCore SC300 processor will enable more functionality to be embedded in a smart card or SIM card than ever before, with minimal additional silicon area. In addition, the SC300 processor features fast real-time handling of multiple interfaces for new high-speed and contactless applications, including Smart Card Web Server (SWCS) and Near Field Communication (NFC).
“From credit cards and electronic wallets, to mobile phone SIM cards, e-passports and identity cards, smart cards have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives,” said Ian Drew, vice president, segment marketing, ARM. “As smart cards are required to support more complex applications and security features, the market will continue to shift from 8-bit to 32-bit processors. The SecurCore SC300 processor provides great system performance with very low power consumption, and vastly simplifies the migration to 32-bit smart card platforms through a familiar programming environment.”
The SecurCore SC300 processor offers fully featured debug facilities and tools to help smart card OEMs speed software development. Further, smart card emulation is available prior to silicon, enabling collaboration in the early stages of hardware and software development, and accelerating time-to-market.
The ARM SecurCore SC300 processor is available for licensing now, along with supporting technology.