Nantes, FranceA multiple smart-card reader interface device from Atmel Corp. is designed to handle up to five smart cards, making it suitable for Point of Sales (POS) terminals and health-card reader applications.
The AT83C26 powers the smart cards with the appropriate supply voltage and enables data transfer between the host controller and the smart cards. System designers can use a single chip to develop readers requiring multiple cards, which helps reduce system size and cost.
The AT83C26 is tailored for POS terminals that typically involve one user card and up to 4 SAM cards, and heath card readers that require two user cards and 1 SAM card.
It can interface with any host controller featuring an ISO7816 UART, including the company's ARM7, ARM9 and ARM SecurCore (AT91SO100). Featuring two DC/DC converters and low drop-out regulators to independently power each smart card, the AT83C26 is compliant with the EMV and ISO7816 standards.
For evaluation and development, Atmel is offering the AT89STK-90 starter kit that allows designers to connect the AT83C26 to an existing application or to an ARM demo board.
Samples are available now in VQFP48 and QFN48 packages. Full production will start in January 2006 with pricing starting at $1.95 each for 10,000-unit quantities.
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