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Japan's Toppan Printing Chooses ARM for Next Generation IC Card

07 July 2004

TOKYO, JAPAN and CAMBRIDGE, UK - July 7, 2004 - Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. the world's second largest printing company, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that Toppan has developed an IC card with high-speed cryptographic processing capabilities using ARM® SecurCore™ microprocessors.  Toppan's IC card is ideal for SIM cards for mobile phones, and fits with government and corporate ID cards where supporting biometric authentication is essential.

The Toppan IC card takes full advantage of the 32-bit RISC ARM SecurCore processing power for number crunching operations such as encryption or biometrics match-on-card algorithms.  The SecurCore processors include tamper-resistant technology to help prevent against unauthorized intrusion and physical tampering at the hardware and software levels.

"Toppan is using ARM's market-leading technology to offer a fast and secure IC card to the high-end security market," said Tomo Togawa, General Manager, IC Business Division of IC R&D Dept., at Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.  "We believe our card offers all the features that customers-whether they are governments or corporations-require to protect their highly valued assets."

While most IC cards to date have used 8- and 16-bit microcomputer solutions, demand is increasing for cards that efficiently support more complex transactions with greater security to protect an ever increasing amount of data.  This is making 32-bit IC cards that can encrypt, create signatures, perform biometrics algorithms, and support the Java Card platform -- quickly and securely with minimal power consumption -- essential.

"Toppan's IC Card, which is the first smart card developed in Japan that integrates SecurCore technology, is an excellent example of how ARM is expanding its presence in the rapidly growing smart card market," said Hiroyuki Uchimura, managing director, ARM K.K.  "ARM is committed to developing secure processing solutions, from our TrustZone technology to our SecurCore microprocessors, which enable our Partners to address a full range of security issues for their applications."

Key Features of Toppan's ARM Powered High-Speed Encryption IC Card

  • Powerful 32-bit ARM processor, combined with cryptographic capabilities, generates ultra-high transaction speeds
  • Secure ARM architecture includes anti-tampering features, optimized to prevent external attacks
  • First IC card to support all expanded hash versions (SHA-128/384/512)
  • Industry-proven, 16-bit Thumb® code enables minimum power consumption at time of execution, as less memory is required
  • High-performance Java hardware accelerator makes the card significantly faster than cards using software only JVM (Java Machine)

About Toppan Printing Co.
Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. is the second largest printing company in the world.  With sales of over 12 billion dollars, Toppan Printing is ranked in the Fortune International 500.  Along with printing technology, Toppan has expanded its reach into various markets, including: securities and smart cards, commercial printing, publication printing, packaging, industrial materials, electronics, and e-business.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM SecurCore is a trademark of ARM Limited.  All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)]; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.

Press Contacts

Masahiro Kawatani
Toppan Printing Co. Public Relations
Tel. +81-(0)3-3835-5636
kouhou@toppan.co.jp

Michelle Spencer
ARM Corporate Communications
+44 1628 427780
michelle.spencer@arm.com