Schlumberger Smart Cards and Terminals has begun shipping Cyberflex Access, a chip card based on Java technology that combines multiple applications with cryptographic operations. Schlumberger said it was the first card vendor to make this combination of features commercially available. It has 16K of electronically erasable, programmable read-only memory and complies with the Java Card 2.0 specification and the primary features of the 2.1 version of the applications programming interface.

Patrice Peyret, director of the consumer and embedded group at Sun Microsystems Inc., which created the Java language, called the release of Cyberflex Access "a milestone in the deployment of the platform."

Tom Lebsack, Schlumberger's director of multiple applications, North America, said Cyberflex Access continues the company's "pioneering work in the Java card field, delivering the power of smart card technology in an open, user-programmable form to help customers cut both cost and time-to- market."

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