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Teridian unrolls PINpad, turnkey smart card reader ICs

Posted: 14 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Teridian? 72S1217F? 73S1209F? 73S1210F? smart card reader?

Teridian's 73S12xx family of smart card reader ICs

Teridian Semiconductor Corp. has expanded its 73S12xx family of controller-based ICs for smart card readers with the introduction of the 72S1217F 8-bit PINpad smart card reader SoC, and the 73S1209F and 73S1210F turnkey smart card reader ICs.

The 73S1217F is a single-chip PINpad smart card reader with power management features and USB and serial connectivity suitable for handheld PINpads, critical in e-banking and digital identification for corporate and government ID applications, and USB-connected peripherals. The 73S1209F and 73S1210F ICs are self-contained smart card reader ICs suitable for STB, wireless internet device, payphone, POS terminal, vending machine and residential meter applications.

"With these three 12xx ICs, we are the only silicon provider offering low-cost smart card reader ICs with high-end features that are ready to support new requirements and new standards," said Jean-Christophe Doucet, senior product line manager for Teridian.

Standalone, USB modes
The 73S1217F, single-chip smart card terminal solution incorporates embedded 64K of flash memory, and is therefore optimized to build low-cost, handheld PINpad card readers, in particular combination devices that can be used alternatively in standalone mode or attached to a computer (USB-connected). With the 73S1217F, personal PINpads for applications like e-banking and digital identification, including secure login, authentication and certification for corporate ID-badges, and citizen IDs, can now take advantage of USB connectivity, with almost no cost impact compared to traditional unconnected solutions.

This smart card reader builds upon the feature set of the Teridian 73S1215F with the addition of a DC/DC converter, plus several built-in power management features. In USB applications, the device enables operation from a single power supply, that can be either the USB bus power (VBUS = 4.4-5.5V) or a set of battery cells (VBAT 4-6.5V). In standalone applications, the 73S1217F requires a single 2.7-6.5V power supply source. In addition, the IC features built-in switches between VBUS and VBAT, and hardware support for a main system ON/OFF switch. In OFF mode, the circuit typically draws less than 1?A, making it suitable for applications where battery life must be maximized, and eliminating the need for several discrete components and ICs in the design process.

The 73S1209F and 73S1210F are built around Teridian's 80515 CPU core, and can run either Teridian turnkey embedded firmware or customer code. The Teridian 73S1209F and 73S1210F ICs, used in conjunction with Teridian ready-to-use PC/SC firmware and optional host drivers, will help simplify the design and shorten development and certification timescales for compliance with applicable standards like EMV or most popular conditional access schemes in A/V applications.

In addition to the easy-to-implement host serial interface available on both devices, the 73S1210F offers a wide voltage range of 2.7V to 6.5V, suitable for battery-powered applications that involve lower-power modes.

The 73S1217F, 73S1209F and 73S1210F solutions will be sampling this month, with volume production expected Q1 2007. Pricing is available upon request. Data sheets and development kits for all three devices are also available and include a ready-to-use board with an actual 73S12xx IC, an in-circuit emulator, a CD with firmware and software libraries and a reference design.

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