French 32bit processor tackles 4G/LTE SIM market

February 14, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
The APS3s processor core developed by Cortus in France has started sampling in a SIM chip for 4G and LTE markets around the world.

StarChip is using the core for its SCF670H SIM controller, part of a family of devices that aims to cover the whole Telecom market from Native to high-end SWP through USIM Java Card and 4G/LTE applications.
The SCF670H enables 25MIPS at 25MHz across a broad spectrum of temperatures and offers advanced low power modes. Alongside a 24KB static RAM it integrates a 670KB unified flash memory that provides robust data retention (>25years) with several hundred millions cycles of endurance thanks to the E3 (ECUBE) mechanisms and is fully compatible with 4FF module packaging. The memory size of the SCF670H can be tailored to customers’ requirements by a simple configuration to be done at the customer premises or on the field.
The feature set of the SCF670H meets manufacturers’ requirements for high-performance smart card enabling smooth implementation of the newest applications defined in the latest standards like the ISIM application (IP Multimedia Subsystem SIM). This announcement also demonstrates the capacity of StarChip to become a long-term leading supplier to the Smart Card ICs market by quickly offering solutions that satisfy market requirements.
“The high memory capacity, among other parameters of the SCF670H is one of the key aspects that supports the growing international demand for data intensive features in next generation mobile handsets”, said Yves Fusella, CTO of StarChip. “While SCF670H will expedite the introduction of higher performance smart cards and multimedia services for 4G/LTE mobile phones we are currently working on enhanced 90nm and beyond technologies for our next products".
The SCF670H is available now in Sampling in DIL, Card or wafer form.
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