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Smart Cards

Smart cards are perhaps the single largest application of embedded microcontrollers by volume. They are evolving from relatively simple single application chips to high capacity multi-application secure devices. The Mobile Segment is a key driver for new technology in the smart card market with the once humble SIM card becoming a true multi-application card. Since all GSM handsets carry SIM cards, it is a device primed for carrying: payment, ticketing, loyalty, physical access control and many more applications that require some level of offline secure functionality. Over-the-air provisioning of new applications is driving the need for additional processing power and storage.
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ARM has developed the SecurCore range of processors to address the specific needs of secure chip designers looking to create tamper-resistant devices. Secure Elements can take many other forms than traditional smart cards and include Secure Micro SD cards, embedded secure elements and embedded SIMs for machine-to-machine communication

A number of ARM's silicon partners are investing in silicon development to pursue the Smart Card Market. The combination of ARM's business model and technology brings the following user benefits:
  1. A spectrum of software-compatible solutions that cover a wide range of performance and security enables OEMs to utilize their software investment across a broad range of products - this improves the development cycles for the release of new platforms
       
  2. Choice: A range of software-compatible devices from which to select that can run the same processor software and help OEMs to select the component that best fits their specific application.

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