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Do you need to build low-cost USB-connected PINpads?

Posted: 18 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Teridian Semiconductor unveiled its 73S1215F? an advanced integrated circuit that allows manufacturers of smart card readers to build low-cost USB-connected PINpads.?

At the recently concluded smart card industry trade exhibition Cartes 2005, Teridian Semiconductor Corp. unveiled its 73S1215F, an advanced IC that promises to enable manufacturers of smart card readers to build low-cost USB-connected PINpads.

The 73S1215F features an 80515 core, which has an instruction set compatible with the industry standard 8052, but requires only one clock-cycle per instruction, allowing up to 24MIPS of processing. Such performance makes PIN encryption possible, as well as high-speed computation for encryption/decryption or digital signature. According to the company, the on-chip memories (64KB flash/ROM and 2KB user-RAM) are larger than its competitors.

The 73S1215F is accompanied by a software library, including USB and ISO7816 protocol layers compatible with full EMV4.1. Teridian will also provide a free-of-charge CCID reference design (embedded firmware) that can be used either as a basis for custom developments, or as a turnkey solution to build low-cost USB or ExpressCard smart card reader modules for PC desktops or notebooks.

Samples of the 73S1215F are available in either QFN44 or QFN68 package forms, with production scheduled in the first half of 2006. For large volume production and/or low-cost needs, die form and masked-ROM options will be available. A development toolkit that includes a 73S1215F Evaluation Board, a JTAG In-Circuit-Emulator and a CDROM (containing Teridian software libraries) will be available next month (December at 2005) for $1,100.

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