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French companies partner on contactless tech for smart cards

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 4:25am
ECN Europe

StarChip has signed an agreement with French R&D institute CEA-Leti, to develop a Contactless Front End for Smart Card applications. The Contactless Front End is the result of Leti's many years of expertise in ccontactless technology and will enable applications such as Transport, Banking and Identity.

This partnership includes technology and know-how transfer to StarChip to address all the aspects of the Contactless technologies. Innovative design architecture combined with accurate simulation tools are implemented to ensure the quality, interoperability and security of the Contactless Front End.

“StarChip's objective is to be a leading supplier for Smart Card market. The acquisition of Contactless technology and know-how from CEA-Leti is completing our technologies portfolio and will allow us to address all the Smart Card applications,” said Lucien Brau, CEO and President of StarChip. “We are glad to partner with very talented and experienced people like Leti's people to bring to the market tailored solutions to Smart Card customers' requirements”.

“Thanks to this collaboration, the CEA-Leti will bring to StarChip the benefits of its more than ten years' experience in contactless technology, in order to extend StarChip's product portfolio,” says Michel Durr, Program Manager in CEA-Leti. “This partnership is in complete adequacy with our strategy of creating innovation and transferring to industry”.

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