ROUSSET and RENNES, France, February 23 /PRNewswire/ --

Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and TazTag(TM), announced today that the two companies are collaborating to bring to market all-in-one contactless solutions to store and protect personal data. As a first step in their collaboration, TazTag is using the Atmel AT98SC016CU turnkey security module in TazCard(TM), the first NFC electronic wallet.

The choice of an Atmel's security module became obvious when we decided to secure our nomad contactless smart object, said Eric Fouchard, CEO of TazTag. The cooperation between a fingerprint sensor and the AT98SC016CU safely protects the access to personal data and the applications in the TazCard.

Our AT98SC turnkey security solutions are the right choice when it comes to securing portable compact devices with energy constraints, stated Olivier Debelleix, Atmel's Marketing Manager for Embedded Security. We are excited to bring our security expertise to this original and modern communicating application.

The TazCard is a new multi-purpose highly secured NFC device in a slim credit card format (only 6 mm in thickness). This personal safe with a large touch screen, a fingerprint sensor and various communication interfaces (NFC, USB, ZigBee(R)) allows a wide range of security applications such as access control, ticketing, couponing and payment. If required, a complete Java Software Development Kit makes possible the easy addition of further customized applications.

Atmel is a leading provider of secure microcontrollers for smart card applications for telecoms, banking and government markets. With over 25 years of solid experience in designing secure microcontrollers, Atmel's products have been granted many of the highest security certifications in the industry including Common Criteria EAL4+/EAL5+, FIPS 140-2, ZKA and EMVCo. Thanks to its AT98SC family of secure turnkey solutions, Atmel offers fast and easy integration of security in any system. There is no required complex program development or heavy ROM masking, nor specific expertise in security. This means accelerated product time-to-market for customers, thereby offering significant advance over competition.

TazTag is demonstrating the TazCard at CeBIT, in Hannover, Germany, from March 3 to March 8, 2009.

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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About TazTag

TazTag is a new innovative company specialized in contactless technology such as NFC and ZigBee(R). Its core activity is the creation of new contactless products, highly secured and multi-application. TazCard(TM) and TazTag logo are registered trademarks of TazTag.


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Atmel Press Contacts: Carine Bourgon, Communications Manager - Atmel Rousset Tel: +33-4-42-53-60-52, Email: Helen Perlegos, Public Relations Tel: +1-408-487-2963, Email: TazTag Press Contact: Eric Fouchard, CEO Tel: +33-2-99-57-90-60, Email:

Carine Bourgon, Communications Manager - Atmel Rousset, +33-4-42-53-60-52,, or Helen Perlegos, Public Relations, +1-408-487-2963,, both of Atmel Corporation; or Eric Fouchard, CEO of TazTag, +33-2-99-57-90-60,