ON Semiconductor™ and Gemplus Develop Technologies for Global Information Systems


Phoenix, AZ - June 12, 2000 - ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that Gemplus, the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, is embedding the GIC100 Smart Card Interface Controller within its whole range of GemCore-based smart card readers.

GemCore chipset technology is the result of years of research and development by the world's leading provider of smart card technology, products and solutions. It consists of an operating system (GemCore Controller) which manages all the communication between the smart card and the integrating device, and the GemCore Interface Chip (GIC100) which ensures high reliability for read/write operations.

The GIC100 has been designed for Gemplus by ON Semiconductor's European Design Center and is manufactured in their BiCMOS-based manufacturing facilities.

GemCore chipset offer is designed to simplify the integration of a smart card interface into devices such as personal computers, network computers, keyboards, ATM, vending machines, point of sales terminals, payphones, consumer electronics, handsets, and set top boxes.

In particular, all smart card readers from Gemplus' PC-Link range are built around the proven GemCore hardware and firmware architecture which enable them to meet all required computing and banking standards (PC/SC, WHQL, EMV).

" Since all electronic commerce applications require either EMV and/or Microsoft PC/SC WHQL certifications, customers deploying the certified Gemplus GemCore-based reader are provided with a competitive advantage. In GemCore architecture, the GIC 100 is a key element in getting both of these certifications, "says Alexandre Lorenzi, Corporate Hardware Marketing Director at Gemplus.

"This GIC100 clearly demonstrates our leadership in supplying high-volume, state-of-the-art analog ICs dedicated to applications that support the needs of the high-growing internet market," said Steve Hanson, Chief Executive Officer and President of ON Semiconductor.

"Our center of excellence based in Toulouse, France offers our customers system knowledge and product design expertise through our cross-functional team," said Dominique Dumortier, Director of ON Semiconductor's Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) Analog Product Operations. "The successful development of the GIC100 Interface Chip is an essential part of our roadmap to provide our customers with solutions that accelerate the growth of future technologies in the e-business market."

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, is one of the world's largest suppliers of analog, standard logic, and discrete semiconductors for data and power management. ON Semiconductor's products include integrated circuits for high-bandwidth data applications, analog ICs for power management and low-voltage power transistors. In addition to using micropackaging technology across all product families, ON Semiconductor offers the largest selection of discrete semiconductors in a variety of surface mount and standard packages. These semiconductors turn on and connect digital electronic products to our world. ON Semiconductor is the trade name of SCG Holding Corporation's affiliate, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC. Further information is available at the Company's website: https://www.onsemi.com

About Gemplus

Gemplus S.A. (www.gemplus.com) is the world's leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source: Dataquest 1998). Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalisation services to deliver the industry's most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US 817 million in 1999, Gemplus employs almost 6,300 people in 16 manufacturing facilities, 7 R&D centres and 44 sales and marketing offices located in more than 37 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and information technology.

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