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Smart Card Interface

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Sylvain Munaut, Mar 29, 2005.

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  1. Hello,

    I'm wondering if anyone here as recommendation / chips to use, to
    interface to a smart card (ISO7816) ? I mean to support both 3.3v and 5v
    cards and ensure it meets specs ? Is there any chips that do that ?
    (preferably easy to find ;)

    Any guide / reference / advice is appreciated.


  2. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    Oh yes, it is a big and growing market.
    Go google.

    Philips make such chips and have data sheets on their site.
    Indeed, they might send you a sample if you pretend you might need millions.

    There are several designs for card readers on the net, which do not use
    anything exotic.

    I adapted a smart mouse (which has such a simple circuit) to be 5V/3V

    You might make this switched by a spare handshake line so that your PC COM
    port or whatever can do the appropriate power testing. IIRC, it tries one
    voltage and if no response tries the other. 3V cards are designed to survive
    5V but not respond at that voltage. I suspect the reverse is not guaranteed
    for all 5V cards since they may have been designed before the idea for 3V
    cards arose.

    And BTW, IRRC it is 3V and not 3V3, for some reason.
    I guess it lets them work longer in mobile phones as SIM cards.
    Some also work at 1V8.
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