Montgomeryville, PA--April 24, 1997--Gemplus (Montgomeryville, PA) announced the availability of GemCore, a smart card reader solution based on a licensing agreement that will provide electronic equipment manufacturers with access to Gemplus' reader operating system, interface chips, and engineering support.
The GemCore package will enable companies to develop low-cost smart card reader interfaces for high-volume use in a wide range of devices that include keyboards, computers, telephones, vending machines, and personal digital assistants. Using the package, companies could incorporate a smart card interface for less than $10 per device, depending on volume.
The GemCore licensing agreement provides access to two smart card reader components, the GemCore Interface Chip (GIC100), a microprocessor that manages the physical interface (all electric signals interacting with the card); and the GemCore Controller, a microcontroller containing an operating system that manages communications between the smart card and the larger system.
The GemCore smart card reader solution supports such open standards initiatives as the PC/SC Workgroup, and is SET- and EMV-compliant. GemCore is also compatible with the IS0 7816/1-8, and T=0, T=1 standards.
It supports a wide range of memory cards, and all microprocessor cards.
GemCore Controller is available in PLCC44 and QFP44 versions. GIC100 is available in SO24L and TSSOP 24 packages.
GemCore licenses can be acquired for a base price, while the two components will be priced based on volume. The license includes the Gemplus reader operating system, documentation, design and application sheets, and engineering support. GemCore is currently available.
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