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Toshiba Develops USIM Card Compatible with NFC Mobile Phones

- Development of USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity Module) to the latest standard announces Toshiba's entry into the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) markets -
9 Feb, 2009

Tokyo--Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502)  today announced the development of a new USIM card for use in mobile phones supporting the NFC (Near Field Communication) function, in anticipation of the worldwide rollout of mobile contactless services forecast for 2010 and 2011. Toshiba plans to release samples of the new card in the third quarter of 2009, and will exhibit the card and provide full details at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 16 through 19.

Toshiba's newly developed USIM card meets the latest specifications of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute-Smart Card Platform (ETSI SCP) and the GSM Association (GSMA). It is also compatible with the GSMA's Pay-Buy-Mobile programme, and offers full support for mobile contactless services, and meets all the security levels required for international payment applications.

Toshiba is able to draw on capabilities in mobile phone handsets, semiconductors and systems to deliver a lineup of newly developed USIM cards offering high value-added solutions.

Toshiharu Watanabe, Toshiba Corporate Senior Vice President and President and CEO of the Social Infrastructure Systems Company, said: "The introduction of a USIM card is a significant development for Toshiba, and with our company's advanced mobile technology and USIM, we would like to provide new solutions to the customer. We are also excited to support the advance of the Pay-Buy-Mobile programme promoted by GSMA, based on our technological achievements in the financial Smart Card sector."

Moving forward, Toshiba plans to complete final development of the new card by 3Q 2009, when it expects to begin provision of samples to Mobile Network Operators worldwide. With the introduction of the USIM card to the mobile market, Toshiba looks to support mobile phone users with enhanced convenience and full security, and to facilitate the successful development of NFC worldwide.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications equipment and systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

The Smart Card Systems Sales & Marketing Department, is part of the Security & Automation Systems Division in Toshiba's Social Infrastructure Systems Company. The department has operated for over 20 years and, in addition to development of the USIM card, its achievements include Japan's first Smart Card. Solutions provided by the department include high-security credit cards; the CAS card, which controls network scrambling of broadcast transmissions; and ID cards used in insurance cards and drivers licenses. Toshiba continues to work on behalf of its customers through overseas subsidiaries and business partners around the world. For more details, visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

Image of USIM card (design subject to change)

Image of USIM card (design subject to change)

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