France-based Oberthur Technologies this week announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is using its embedded secure element technology, which had been earlier reported, as Samsung and its partners continue to gear up to introduce the technology to consumers.
The embedded chip, which is made by STMicroelectronics, runs an Oberthur operating system. Oberthur sought and received the certification for the chip from Visa, MasterCard and Google, for what it calls the Pearl 800k Classic.
That figure apparently refers to the rough amount of flash memory on the chip that is available for applications. The chip carries a total of 1.2 megabytes of flash memory. Oberthur’s operating system requires 400 kilobytes to 500K of memory.