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One gigabye SIM cards on the way
Posted: 15-Feb-2006 [Source: M-Systems]

[M-Systems announces availabiality of 1 gigabyte M-SIM MegaSIM series SIM cards by the end of 2006.]

3GSM, Barcelona -- M-Systems and its subsidiary smart card company, Microelectronica, today announced their expanded 2006 M-SIM(TM) product roadmap including the M.MAR series of 2G and 3G SIM cards and the MegaSIM(R) series of high-density SIM cards. As the first part of the new offering, the companies further announced today the planned availability of 512 megabytes M-SIM MegaSIM series SIM cards for pilots with mobile network operators (MNOs) in Q2 2006 and planned commercial availability in Q3 2006. 1 gigabyte M-SIM MegaSIM series SIM cards are planned for rollout by the end of 2006.

This new product roadmap, the first issued since M-Systems' acquisition of Microelectronica in November 2005, includes products which integrate Microelectronica's M.MAR SIM software and operating system with M-Systems' flash management technology as part of the MegaSIM platform.

The new M-SIM MegaSIM series will enable MNOs to offer subscribers a secured product with advanced capabilities, enabling smarter mobile services, such as multimedia content, games, messaging and enterprise applications.

Tthe MegaSIM platform, incorporating M-Systems' T ueFFS(R) flash file management, combines high-density flash storage (64 megabytes to 1 gigabyte), processing power, high-speed data protocols and crypto functionality. M-Systems' MegaSIM platform far enhances typical SIM architecture while maintaining full compatibility with legacy industry standards. SIM cards powered by M-Systems' MegaSIM platform, such as M-Systems' M-SIM MegaSIM series, will provide MNOs with an intuitive, ubiquitous interface and a high-density, high-speed platform. By deploying these SIM cards, MNOs can increase revenue streams, while at the same time offer a new sales channel for software developers and, last but not least, a smarter mobile usage experience for subscribers.

The product series announced today includes:

1. M-SIM M.MAR series of 2G and 3G SIM cards available with EEPROM memory from 32 kilobytes to 1 megabyte complying with 3GPP Release 5 and Release 6 specifications. M-SIM M.MAR SIM cards have full support for standard OTA/BIP, STK, Java functionality, micro-browsing, BIP, crypto and both 2G and 3G versions.

2. M-SIM MegaSIM series high-density SIM cards with flash memory densities ranging from 64 megabytes to 1 gigabyte. The M-SIM MegaSIM series will offer:

* Full UICC, (U)SIM functionality for 2G and 3G

* 64 megabytes (MB), 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 gigabyte of flash memory

* High speed interface support

* 32-bit ARM SC100 CPU

* 448 kilobytes of ROM, 64 or 128 kilobytes of EEPROM, 16 kilobytes of SRAM

* Java interoperable functionality

* Enhanced M-Safe crypto engine with PKI, 3DES and on-the-fly AES support

* Support for 3rd party mobile software applications

* USAT interpreter

* WIB 1.3



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