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|Hitachi empowers new Taiwan Healthcare
IC Card with
JavaCardTM smart card controller
Tokyo, Japan, April 12, 2002 - Hitachi, Ltd. (Hitachi)(TSE: 6501, NYSE: HIT) today announced that its popular AE-4 family of smart card controllers will start shipping for the Taiwan Healthcare IC Card project. From July 2002, the project will equip 24 million Taiwanese with JavaCardTM technology-based multifunctional smart cards to store personalised information to help provide a state-of-the-art Health Insurance system for Taiwan. This project is performed by the global consortium, led by TECO ELECTRIC & MACHINERY Co., Ltd. (TECO), where Hitachi develops and manufactures microcontroller chips and Giesecke & Devrient develops operating system. The implementation on Hitachi AE-4 16-bit microcontroller is based on Java Card 2.1.
Hitachi is No.1 supplier of microcontroller chips for GSM SIM card and gains ground in new applications such as financial card and ID card. Taiwan Healthcare Card makes a great step forward in those areas.
Satoru Ito, President and Chief Executive Officer of Semiconductor & Integrated Circuits, Hitachi, Ltd. says: "We are delighted to be selected with our smart card controllers in such a high profile project. We see AE-4 smart card controllers as the leading JavaCardTM platform for high security applications. As such, the AE-4 is a perfect fit for Taiwan National Healthcare IC Card, where security, JavaCardTM suitability, function integration, safety of supply are forming a valuable offer to our customer.
"Hitachi is one of our consortium members for the contract to supply the National Healthcare IC Cards to the National Health Insurance Bureau under the cabinet-level Department of Health," said Theodore M.H. Huang, Chairman of TECO. "We were impressed by Hitachi's excellent security capabilities and world-leading technology for its smart card controllers and are very proud to have Hitachi as our strategic partner for the National Healthcare IC Card project."
Ingo Zankel, Senior Vice President, Giesecke & Devrient appreciates cooperating with TECO and Hitachi in the world's largest JavaTM smart card project: "G&D's JavaCardTM operating system and its applications will be a corner stone in the overall solution. I believe JavaCardTM on high performance and secure chips will be increasingly important to a wide range of smart card applications." Zankel points out.
The AE-4 family of smart card microcontrollers today includes devices from 8 KB EEPROM to 64 KB EEPROM both with and without coprocessor for public key cryptography. AE-4 is a 16-bit controller and has a linear address space and high memory integration which makes it the platform of choice for JavaCardTM based solutions.
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About Giesecke & Devrient:
The Giesecke & Devrient Group, headquartered in Munich, has subsidiaries and joint ventures operating all over the world. G&D employs almost 7,000 people world-wide and generated a revenue of Euro 1.1 billion in 2000. Throughout the company's 150-year history, G&D has consistently pioneered the use of innovative technology. Today, the supply of complex system solutions and customized services plays an increasingly important part in the organization's activities.
|Information contained in this news release is current as of the date of the press announcement, but may be subject to change without prior notice.|
|WRITTEN BY Corporate Communications Division