Cartes, France --- (METERING.COM) --- November 19, 2009 - The new VaultIC(TM) family of security modules for applications including smart meters has been announced by Atmel® Corporation.

The VaultIC460 is the first security module available on the market that provides a secure microcontroller with multiple interfaces and bundled firmware. Based on Atmel’s AT90SO secureAVR® microcontrollers, this new family enables higher levels of security and provides a secure turnkey solution for system designers. The VaultIC460 provides 128 KB of fully configurable EEPROM memory to store user data and match any security architecture.

“Security and cryptography features are required to protect data and IPs in more systems today,” said Olivier Debelleix, Atmel's marketing manager for Embedded Security. “Atmel's new VaultIC(TM) family offers designers a full solution, with firmware, hardware and complex cryptography embedded into a module, to ensure a high level of banking-type security.”

The new VaultIC family offers designers enhanced functionality, a new interface with rapid computation of all standard cryptography algorithms, and higher security to protect both the keys and data. These products are designed to meet Common Criteria EAL4+ and FIPS 140-2 level 3 certifications to provide high security, performance and lower power consumption.