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Smart card reader IC targets USB keyboards

Posted: 15 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Atmel  AT83C22OK106  smart card reader  USB keyboard 

Atmel Corp. has announced the release of the AT83C22OK106, a smart card reader product targeting USB smart card keyboard. This card reader was developed in partnership with OMNIKEY, a smart card reader manufacturer.

The AT83C22OK106 is an updated and optimised version of the previous card reader from Atmel named AT83C22OK. It includes 8051 core, USB interface and ISO7816 UART smart card interface, as well as a high- efficiency DC/DC converter. Therefore, it is compliant with the major smart card standards such as EMV & PC/SC. It supports 5V, 3V and 1.8V cards regardless of the input voltage. The AT83C22OK106 is designed to provide a solution for a reader system with only a few additional external components mounted on a single sided PCB.

Arnaud Ruchon, product marketing manager for Smart Card Reader ICs at Atmel, stated, "The AT83C22OK106 allows manufacturers to implement a keyboard with smart card functionality in less than two weeks." He added, "Thanks to its optimised size, the AT83C22OK106 allows us to be even more price competitive."

The firmware supports all types of smart cards with high baud rates up to 433Kb with full CCID compatibility and includes BIOS support. Keyboards up to 160 keys using any OEM specific keyboard matrix are supported. Furthermore, the firmware features a common criteria certified secure PIN-entry functionality.

The AT89RFD-02 reference design kit is available for Rs.11,645 ($250) to facilitate a PCB design. Also included is a reference board, software and all required documentation. The AT83C22OK is available now in QFP64 and QFN64 packages and the pricing in 10,000 unit-quantities is Rs.121.11 ($2.60).

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