A cutting-edge SIM Card with enhanced capability unveiled by three industry leaders,
Third Generation mobile services get closer thanks to the 1Mega Chip
Rome, Geneva, Milan and Paris, November 20 th , 2003 - As the transition to third-generation(3G) wireless communications continues to gather momentum, the world's mostadvanced mobile phone SIM card was today unveiled by three of the leading globalsuppliers of communications services, silicon chips and smart card technologies. The brandnew 1MB SuperSIM card has been developed for TIM, the leading Italian mobile operator,by Oberthur Card Systems, one of the world's leading providers of smart card basedsolutions, and STMicroelectronics, one of the world's leading suppliers of silicon chiptechnology.
An essential component of all mobile phones, the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cardstores critical subscriber authentication information, and also optional private data such aspersonal phone directories and messages. In the emerging 3G world, where multimediacontent such as MMS, audio or video downloads are widely used, memory capability is anissue that affects either the mobile phone, the mass storage element and most of all thesecurity storage element. Further, because this secure data is stored in the SIM card ratherthan the mobile phone memory, it can be easily carried if the user moves to a new handset.
Today's SIM cards were designed to store text-based data such as phone numbers or SMSsand do not have the memory capacity to store data such as MMS or photographic imagesthat are increasingly demanded by mobile phone users. In the emerging 3G mobilecommunications world, SIM cards will need to offer far greater storage capacity and muchfaster communication between the SIM card and the mobile phone.
The new card, called SIMphonIC 3G MEGA, contains a state-of-the-art silicon chip, calledST22FJ1M, made by ST, which includes ST's proprietary SmartJ Java-accelerated 32-bitprocessor and a huge megabyte of embedded Flash memory (enough to hold hundreds ofJPG image files) and embedded Operating System (OS) software developed by OberthurCard Systems.
"The new 1MB SuperSIM, enables us to add a variety of 3G multimedia proposals to theexciting services already offered by our InteracTIM engine. It represents the latest step of anevolution started some years ago that brought TIM to pass, in less than 30 months, from a32K card to the newest SIM-Plus 128K recently launched in mid October up to this very firstinnovative product that will revolutionize the mobile telephone market.
This unequalled success has been possible thanks to the strong partnership that TIM has always developedwith its Card Manufacturers and Chip Makers and that, based on this innovative product, willsoon bring other important innovations related to smart card technologies," said PaoloPaganucci Smart Card Manager of TIM."The exceptional performances of the SmartJ processor combined with our state-of-the-artOS has allowed us to boost the communication speed between the card and the mobilephone to almost forty times faster than a normal 2G SIM card and four times faster thantoday's best 3G SIM cards," said Velipekka Kuoppala, 3G product manager, Oberthur CardSystems.
The SmartJ chip, combined with the Oberthur SIMphonIC 3G MEGA Operating Systemwill allow TIM's subscribers to enjoy maximum portability of their mobile content and fullybenefit from the new 3G features," said Simone Cavallo, Group Vice-President, Smart CardTelecom Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics.The communication between the SIM card and the mobile phone's electronic circuit iseffected via the ISO7816 protocol. However, within this global standard, chip manufacturersand smart card experts can join forces to develop solutions that offer the optimal trade-offbetween interoperability (any SIM card should work in any mobile phone) and performance.
The enhanced performance of the new SIM card allows TIM customers to take advantage ofthe much greater memory capacities provided by ST and to benefit from the quickermultimedia management between the card and the most advanced mobile phone that isprovided by Oberthur's SIMphonIC platform.
The new SIM card developed by Oberthur Card Systems to TIM in partnership with ST iscompatible with both the new 3G networks (UMTS/W-CDMA) and current GSM networks inorder to ease migration and enable services such as info-on-demand, mobile banking andaccess to a wide range of services.