GENEVA, Nov. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the world's top supplier of secure chips for NFC Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs)  and embedded Secure Element (eSE) Element  applications, has revealed the latest generation of its successful ST33 secure microcontroller line, delivering advanced performance, enhanced security, lower power consumption and even greater multi-interface flexibility. ST's new ST33G1M2 offers the unique ability to function either in a mobile-phone NFC UICC, which handles mobile payments alongside SIM applications and user-data storage, or as a dedicated embedded secure chip in NFC smartphones. Both sectors are growing strongly; in April 2013, SIMalliance confirmed its members shipped over 30 million NFC-enabled SIMs in 2012 , representing an 87% increase on 2011, while Eurosmart predicted that total Secure Element shipments would exceed 250 million in 2013 . The ST33G1M2 is also unique in supporting the complete MIFARE ® portfolio including MIFARE® Classic, MIFARE DESFire ® and MIFARE Plus ®. Further enhancements include an improved EDES+ accelerator supporting 3-key triple DES security, and support for hardware-accelerated AES encryption (AES-HW). John Devlin, Practice Director at ABI Research commented, "The market for embedded and SWP  SIM secure element ICs demands the highest levels of security as well as support for recognized standards and interfaces. SIM card manufacturers and device OEMs are looking to choose secure elements offering greater memory capacity to support a growing breadth and volume of applications. The ST33G1M2 positions STMicroelectronics to build upon its significant lead and has the potential to serve additional applications such as pay TV and high-end authentication." Driving forward the ST33 family of secure microcontrollers suitable for both NFC (Near Field Communication) UICC and eSE applications, ST's new ST33G1M2 provides enhanced interfaces including Single-Wire Protocol (SWP) and a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), making the device suitable for a wide variety of form factors and applications.