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Atmel Expands CryptoAuthentication Portfolio with Elliptical Curve Asymmetric Key Authentication Solutions

San Jose, CA, June 24, 2013 – Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced the expansion of its CryptoAuthentication™ portfolio to include the ATECC108 solution with elliptical curve (ECC) asymmetric key algorithm.

Atmel’s ATECC108 solution delivers advanced security features to support some of the latest security standards from theNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) including the P256, B283 and K283 elliptical curves, and FIPS 186-3elliptical curve digital signature algorithm. The easy-to-use solution also delivers up to 8.5Kb EEPROM, allowing storage for up to 16 keys, a unique 72-bit serial number and a FIPS standard-based random number generator. The combined features make the ATECC108 solution ideal for consumer electronics, consumables, medical devices, industrial, automation and IP licensing applications that require increased security controls when communicating with other devices or to the Internet.

The ATECC108 is a perfect solution for authenticating system accessories, consumables and spare parts. Through authentication, the manufacturer can ensure their revenue stream and product quality are protected by only allowing OEM-authorized accessories to work with their equipment. This device also delivers an overall lower bill of material (BOM) by only requiring one security chip on the accessory side without the need to protect the key storage on the host system side since the host only needs to store a public key. The device is easy to design in and in many cases will require nothing more than a software upgrade on the host system.

According to the NSA*, “New techniques have been developed which offer both better performance and higher security than first generation public key techniques. The best assured group of new public key techniques is built on the arithmetic of elliptic curves. [As one] scales security upwards over time to meet the evolving threat posed by eavesdroppers and hackers with access to greater computing resources, elliptic curves begin to offer dramatic savings over the old, first generation techniques.” 

“In this increasingly connected world, wireless communication is becoming more prevalent making security a very important feature in every design,” said Kerry Maletsky, Director of Security Solutions, Atmel Corporation. “There are two fundamental security encryption technologies, symmetric and asymmetric, with the industry rapidly progressing to the latter technology. Atmel’s new ATECC108 CryptoAuthentication solution makes this technically difficult shift easier and more cost effective by lowering the overall system cost.”

Atmel’s ATECC108 and other CryptoAuthentication solutions can be ideally paired with an Atmel AVR or ARM-based microcontroller for a complete system solution. To learn more about Atmel MCUs, click here.

Other key features for the ATECC108 solution can be found here

More Information

Atmel CryptoAuthentication Devices: http://www.atmel.com/products/other/cryptoauthentication/default.aspx
Atmel ATECC108 Solution: http://www.atmel.com/Microsite/security/control_your_design_investment.aspx
Atmel YouTube Channel: www.atmel.com/youtube 
Embedded Design Blog:
www.atmelcorporation.wordpress.com  
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LinkedIn: www.atmel.com/linkedin   
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About Atmel

Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile 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 industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

© 2013 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel®, Atmel logo and combinations thereof, CryptoAuthentication™,  and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries.

* NSA website: http://www.nsa.gov/business/programs/elliptic_curve.shtml

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