Smart Card Readers with PIN-pad

February 28, 2013

ACR89U-A1 Handheld Smart Card Reader

ACR89 is the latest addition to ACS’s strong line of Smart Card Readers with PIN-Pad.  An upgrade of the ACR88 PIN-Pad Reader, it offers better performance, longer battery life and low energy consumption at a relatively lower cost. It is a versatile handheld smart card reader that runs a 32-bit MCU, and has built-in keypad, LCD, bi-color LED, buzzer, rechargeable battery and large programmable memory. Through these features, ACR89 enables users to perform secure smart card transactions in both office and field environments.

ACR89 provides the unique advantage of having two modes—PC-linked and Standalone—to cater to unique user requirements. For its PC-linked mode, it connects to the PC via its USB cable; while for its Standalone mode, it uses its Lithium Ion Battery to run wirelessly. It also comes with a Serial Interface port that allows it to be connected to other peripherals.

Further, ACR89 can support dual interface applications. It has access to contact cards, and can also be customized to support contactless cards upon request. Likewise, it can be customized to feature a fingerprint scanner and thermal printer to provide an optimal solution for multi-purpose applications.

Being CCID-compliant, ACR89 has a plug-and-play solution that facilitates in its ease of use and installation. Users can also build their own standalone applications through its multi-tasking environment using Free RTOS Kernel and C-language. Firmware upgradeable, ACR89 is suitable for existing and future smart card applications.

  • 32-Bit RISC Processor running Embedded FreeRTOS
  • Portable Handheld Device
  • Long Battery Life for All Day Use
  • User Programmable by C Language
  • Operations Modes:
    • PC-Linked: Smart Card Application Resides in PC  (i.e. Application Accessed via USB cable)
    • Standalone: Smart Card Application Residing inside the Device
  • Smart Card Interface Available:
    • 2 Full-Size Contact Card Slots
    • 3 SAM Card Slots
  • Contact smart Card Support:
    • ISO 7816 MCU Cards (Class A, B, C)
    • Memory Cards
  • Interface Available:
    • USB
    • Serial – RS232 (Upon Request)
  • Built Peripherals
    • Easy-to-Read, High Resolution Backlit LCD
    • Highly Durable Chemical Resistant 20-Button Keypad
    • 4 LED Status Indicators
    • Monotone Buzzer
    • Tamper Detection Switch to Protect Against Unauthorized Intrusion
    • Real-Time Clock (RTC) with Independent Backup Battery
  • User Programmable Memory for Standalone Program
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Support Secure PIN Entry (SPE)
  • Supports PPS (Protocol And Parameters Selection) with 115,200 – 206,451 bps In Reading and Writing Smart Cards
  • (Upon Request) Detachable Portable Thermal Printer
  • e-Government
  • e-Banking and e-Payment
  • e-Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Loyalty Program
Technical Specification
Dimensions 181.0mm (L) x 77.0mm (W) x 30.5mm (H)
Weight 235g
Interface USB full speed
  • PC-linked mode: automatically switch to USB bus power, always ON.
  • Standalone mode: automatically switch to rechargeable battery, soft ON/OFF switch
Power Consumption without contactless: Less than 40mA (excluding card and backlight)
Backup Battery Independent rechargeable backup battery (1 x ML1220) for RTC
Supply Voltage 3.7 Vdc
Supply Current < 60mA (without backlight and smart card)
Operating Temperature 0-50⁰ C
CLK Frequency 4.8 MHz
Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO 7816 Class A, B and C (5V, 3V and 1.8 V)
  • PC/SC, CCID, CE, FCC, RoHS Compliant, USB Full Speed , EMV 2000 Level 1
  • Microsoft WHQL: 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Operating System Support
  • Win 2000, Win 2003, Win 2003 R2, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 2008, Win 7
  • Win 2003 x64, Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 2008 x64, Win 2008 R2 x64, Win 7 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android™ 3.1 and above