StarChip’s Secure IC for Bank Cards Enabled by SST’s SuperFlash® Technology

Secure Device Manufactured with 110 nm Technology Contains Embedded SuperFlash Technology from SST
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 31, 2017 — Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, today 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 are integral parts 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)

For more information on SST's patented and proprietary SuperFlash NOR Flash technology visit:

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at

About Silicon Storage Technology
Microchip Technology’s SST subsidiary is a leading provider of embedded Flash technology. SST develops, designs, licenses and markets a diversified range of proprietary and patented SuperFlash memory technology solutions for the consumer, industrial, automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. SST was founded in 1989, went public in 1995 (NASDAQ: SSTI), and was acquired by Microchip in April 2010. SST is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip, and is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit the SST Web site at
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