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TDK rolls out SoCs for low-cost smart card readers

Posted: 09 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cartes 2004? tdk semiconductor? 73s12xx? soc?

During the Cartes 2004, TDK Semiconductor Corp. unveiled its new TDK 73S12xx family of 8bit SoCs dedicated to low-cost smart card readers.

The company's former generation of card controller reader ICs (the 73S11xxF) has been developed in conjunction with ActivCard, leveraging their expertise in portable high performance EMV smart card readers, TDK said. Taking advantage of this experience, the new 72S12xx products will offer cost reduction and enhanced features such as a high-speed 20MIPS 80C52 core, built-in ISO-7816 interface, optional USB and PIN-pad interfaces, and real time clock.

According to a press release, the 73S12xx will allow manufacturers of PIN-pads to build, at an attractive cost, USB-connected PIN-pad smart card readers with features such as high-speed card communication, full-speed USB and PIN encryption.

"Vendors of PIN-pad readers currently have to make a choice between performance and production cost," commented senior product manager Jean-Christophe Doucet. "Until now it has been impossible to build a USB-connected PIN-pad reader with a viable selling price for home-banking and digital identification markets, but the 73S12xx products will change all that."

Target applications include smart card readers embedded into laptops and USB-connected PIN-pad smart card readers. Applications also include identification and digital signature for corporate and government deployments, as well as home-banking schemes such as the MasterCard Chip-Authentication-Program.

An FPGA-based board is already available to start validating the performance and develop the application. Samples of 73S12xx ICs will be available in mid-2005, to be in production end of the year. Existing users of current 73S11xxF products will be able to migrate to the new platform very easily, since the TDK libraries will be compatible, the company added.

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