Atmel Corporation has announced that FIME, an external and independent third-party laboratory, has certified that Atmel's AT90SC12872RCFT microcontroller is compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ISO 14443 specifications (contactless interface for smart card). The FIME report is available from Atmel upon request.

Benoit Makowka, Atmel's product line manager for ID and banking products stated, "The FIME report shows Atmel fulfills all technical requirements for ePassport and ID applications. Atmel's AT90SC12872RCFT chip is already common criteria EAL5+ certified and strong interoperability performance was confirmed already during international plug test forums.

Atmel's AT90SC12872RCFT microcontroller was also successfully qualified in FIME's new ePassport test environment under the ISO and ICAO compliance specifications. To ensure compliance under severe conditions, FIME undertook compliance testing in different temperature environments and at different data transfer rates—temperatures ranging from minus 10 °C to 50 °C—and communications speeds of 106, 212, 424 and 848 kb/s. The microcontroller also complied with the durability tests performed by FIME according to the latest ICAO durability of machine-readable passports v3.2.

FIME offers a complete range of test services for ePassport applications including layers A and 1 to 7 under the current ICAO specifications, distributes qualified ePassport test benches and supports its worldwide customers from the initial product specification to the commercial launch.

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, mixed-signal, non-volatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.