January 15, 2013

ACR128 DualBoost Contactless Smart Card Reader

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Written by: chipsilicon_wp


The ACR128 is a dual interface smart card reader compliant to ISO 7816 Part 1-3 Class A, B standard for the Contact smart card and to ISO 14443 Part 1-4 Type A, B standard for the Contactless Card.

By combining contact and contactless interfaces in one reader, ACR128 is appropriate for situations where the environments favour dual interface applications. For example, you may use the ACR128 on the one hand to settle your online payment with contact EMV Level 1 cards, on the other hand to read the balance of your Mifare membership cards.

Furthermore, it can also be used as embedded readers in bigger machines and systems such as vending machines, automatic fare collection systems, and public telephone systems.

ACR128 is PC/SC Compliant for contact and contactless interfaces. It makes use of high-speed communication for PICCs (proximity or contactless cards) with maximum speed of 848 kbps like DesFire Cards. Furthermore, ACR128 has intelligent support for hybrid cards and combI cards and it is designed such that it can still detect a contactless card even if it is inserted in the contact card slot.

As different applications require different levels of security and functionality, the ACR128 has a built-in SAM card slot for added security. What is more is ACR128 uses a landing type card acceptor which minimizes card damage for more reliable card operations.

With the variety of features that the ACR128 offers, you will certainly benefit from all these product features to start developing a wide range of applications!

  • USB Full Speed 12 MBPS Interface.
  • CCID Compliance.
  • Contactless Smart Card Reader:
    • Read/write speed of up to 848 kbps
    • Built-in antenna for contactless tag access, with card reading distance of up to 50 mm (depending on tag type)
    • Supports ISO 14443 Part 4 Type A and B cards and Mifare series
    • Built-in anti-collision feature (only one tag is accessed at any time)
  • Contact Smart Card Reader:
    • Supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C (5 V, 3V and 1.8 V)
    • Supports microprocessor cards with T=0 or T=1 protocol
    • Supports memory cards
    • ISO 7816 compliant SAM slot
  • Application Programming Interface:
    • Supports PC/SC
    • Supports CT-API (through wrapper on top of PC/SC)
  • Built-in Peripherals:
    • Two user-controllable LEDs
    • User-controllable buzzer
  • Durable landing type smart card connector.
  • e-Government
  • e-Banking  and e-Payment
  • e-Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Network Security
  • Access Control
  • Loyalty Program
Technical Specification
Dimensions 120.5 mm (L) x 72.0 mm (W) x 20.4 mm (H)
Weight 150 g
Interface USB Full Speed
Operating Distance Up to 50 mm (depends on the tag type)
Supply Voltage Regulated 5V DC
Supply Current 200mA (operating); 50mA (standby)
Operating Temperature 0-50⁰ C
Operating Frequency 13.56 MHz
Smart Card Interface Support
  • Contact
    • ISO 7816 Class A, B and C (5V, 3V, 1.8V)
  • Contactless
    • ISO 14443 Type A & B
    • Mifare
  • ISO 14443, ISO 7816, CE, FCC, PC/SC, CCID, CE, FCC, RoHS, USB Full Speed
  • Microsoft  WHQL: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2012
Operating System Support
  • Win 2000, Win 2003, Win 2003 R2, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 2008, Win 7, Win 8
  • Win 2003 x64, Win 2003 R2 x64, Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 2008 x64, Win 2008 R2 x64, Win 7 x64, Win 8 x 64, Win 2012 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android 3.1 and above