StarChip’s secure IC for bank cards enabled by SST’s SuperFlash technology

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, announced their embedded SuperFlash technology is enabling secure bank cards through a secure integrated circuit (IC) from StarChip, a subsidiary of SAFRAN Security & Identity. The IC, SCB136, was developed and fabricated on HHGrace’s 110 nm embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) process platform licensed from SST.


“Security and quality is an integral part of StarChip’s DNA,” said Lucien Brau, president and CEO of StarChip, “We are committed to delivering highly secure hardware-based solutions that achieve the highest level of quality certification. We rely upon partners like SST, with their reliable and production-proven SuperFlash technology, to develop innovative products that address the increasing need for secure solutions.”


“The inclusion of SuperFlash memory on StarChip’s secure IC for bank cards is further validation by our partner that SST’s IP enables innovative, secure products, capable of withstanding rigorous anti-tamper testing with fast time-to-market,” said Mark Reiten, vice president of Technology Licensing for SST. “From smart card to automotive to Internet of Things—whatever your application—you can count on SST’s SuperFlash technology to help you create differentiated products that contribute to your success.”


SST’s SuperFlash technology is based on a proprietary split-gate flash memory cell with the following capabilities:

•          Low-power program, erase and read operations

•          High performance with fast read access

•          Good scalability from 1 µm technology node to 28 nm technology node

•          High endurance cycling up to 500,000

•          Excellent data retention of over 20 years

•           Good performance at high temperature for AECQ100 automotive-grade 0 applications

•          Immunity to Stress-Induced Leakage Current (SILC)

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