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Low-cost smart card reader boasts NDS stamp

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart card reader? interface? digital TV?

NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a smart card interface that is NDS- and EMV 4.2-compliant and cost-optimized for the pay-TV market. The TDA8034 is a low-cost smart card reader with NDS certification and it offers STB manufacturers high levels of flexibility. It is designed to read the majority of the viewing cards issued by broadcasters and supports all three levels of smart card classes defined by the ISO7816 standard.

The growth in digital TV and the trend towards traditional telecoms providers offering 'triple-play' solutions, including TV as well as mobile and broadband services has dramatically increased the number of companies offering pay-TV services." said Peter Yaxley, director of consumer devices, NDS Europe. "To meet the growing demand for pay-TV, broadcasters are looking for cost-effective technology solutions, including STBs that are able to decode highly encrypted TV signals at a lower cost."

"Since NXP entered the market in 1995, the company has established itself as a leading player and innovator for smart card interfaces in pay-TV and payment applications and has become a trusted partner to the main conditional access providers in pay-TV," said Chris Feige, general manager for NFC at NXP. "The shift to digital broadcast has opened a major opportunity for companies offering premium content and new, innovative services. NXP's latest smart card reader, the TDA8034, is a response to the needs of the industry providing a cost-competitive solution specially designed for STBs, which provides high levels of protection to the smart card and the system in the growing pay-TV market."

Designed for multiple regions, the TDA8034 is cost-optimized for both the domestic Japanese market as well as the standard worldwide STB market. The product has also been designed to consume less power than similar products on the market in both active mode and power-down mode.

In addition to pay-TV the TDA8034 smart card interface can be incorporated into devices such as PCs to provide higher levels of security for logical access, eGovernment and payment applications. The compact form factor of the product can also be used to support encrypted TV on non-traditional devices such as mobile phones.

The TDA8034 is currently sampling with major customers. Volume production will begin in Q3 09.

For application notes on smart card readers click here.

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