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GlobalPlatform Welcomes INSIDE Contactless As Newest Member

2 February, 2007 - GlobalPlatform's membership continues to grow, with INSIDE Contactless, a leading global semiconductor provider dedicated exclusively to contactless technology, becoming the latest organization to join the ranks of the international smart card specifications body.

As a Participating Member of GlobalPlatform, INSIDE Contactless representatives will play a proactive role in the Card Committee and the organization's newly formed Mobile Task Force, which has been created to expand the scope and reach of GlobalPlatform within the mobile industry. As with every GlobalPlatform Member, INSIDE Contactless will also be entitled to participate on the Advisory Council, which provides direct access to the GlobalPlatform Executive Director and Board of Directors to discuss business issues and priorities of the organization.

Eric Alzai, Chief Technology Officer at INSIDE Contactless, comments: "As INSIDE is committed to the deployment of globally interoperable chip products for contactless applications, we view our participation within GlobalPlatform as essential. We are extremely pleased to share our expertise and vision with other industry leaders within GlobalPlatform and look forward to active involvement in new specification activities in the coming year."

Bob Beer, GlobalPlatform Chairman, adds: "GlobalPlatform is always pleased to welcome new members to the organization. It is the expertise of our member companies that truly shapes the future of interoperable specifications for the smart card infrastructure - from cards, to devices to systems.

"INSIDE Contactless will add a valuable dimension to the work efforts of both the Card Committee and Mobile Task Force through its participation in evolving and enhancing the GlobalPlatform Specifications. I extend the company a warm welcome."

For further information please contact:
GlobalPlatform Inside Contactless
Lee'ann Kaufman / Sarah Jones
+44 113 274 5252 /
Geraldine Sauniere-Miallet
INSIDE Contactless
+33 4 42 39 63 00

About INSIDE Contactless

Founded in 1995, INSIDE is headquartered in France and with global presence in China, Singapore, Poland and the USA. INSIDE is uniquely positioned as the only fabless semiconductor company solely dedicated to the advancement of contactless technology, leveraging one of the industry's largest intellectual property portfolios. Through strategic emphasis in Contactless Payments and Near Field Communications (NFC), INSIDE has been on a rapid growth track over the past two years with more than 12M chips delivered for contactless payment cards in the US market and a dominant position in driving NFC standardization and pilot deployments.

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