Chip Set supports embedded smart card readers.

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CardMan® Smart@Link v2.0 supports serial and USB 2.0 interfaces and facilitates integration in embedded solutions with TTL or V.24 serial ports. It is pre-certified to WHQL, EMV Level 1 and USB CCID specifications and can be interfaced to hardware ports that control OEM-specific features. With interfaces to smart card and host system, product supports any smart card on any computer within any application.

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CardMan® Smart@Link Version 2.0 now Supports Serial Interfaces

OMNIKEY launches enhanced version of chip set for embedded smart card readers

Walluf (June 23, 2004) OMNIKEY, the world leading manufacturer of innovative smart card readers, launches the CardMan Smart@Link 2.0, its latest chip set for standalone smart card reader devices.

CardMan Smart@Link 2.0 supports serial interfaces in addition to the USB 2.0 interface and allows easier integration in embedded solutions with TTL or V.24 serial ports. The chip set, pre-certified to WHQL, EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) Level 1 and USB CCID specifications, has been designed as a drop-in replacement for existing CardMan Smart@Link reader designs. Furthermore, CardMan Smart@Link 2.0 can be interfaced to hardware ports that control various OEM-specific features: card eject functionality and user interfaces such as LEDs and beepers, for example, can be controlled by the chip set.

With its high performance interfaces to both smart card and host system, the CardMan Smart@Link is the ideal chip set for embedding smart card reader technology into existing and upcoming solutions. Using the CardMan Smart@Link Design-In Kit, which contains sample chips and a ready-to-use board as well as the required documentation, development is easier than ever before.

Best known for their excellent performance and interoperability, OMNIKEY's products are designed to support any smart card on any computer within any application. The "Smart@" family of reader chip set makes customization and integration of chip sets into existing systems easier than ever, regardless of whether high speed serial, USB or PCMCIA connectivity is required.

Chip sets provided by OMNIKEY are compliant with all relevant smart card standards such as ISO 7816, EMV 2000 Level 1 and WHQL, making the certification process for the applications based on these chip sets fast and simple. By using OMNIKEY chip sets, hardware integrators can reduce time-to-market and costs by integrating OMINKEY smart card reader functionality into existing products. OMNIKEY reader chip sets support any kind of smart card, including microprocessors and memory cards with 5, 3 or 1.8 Volt supply.


OMNIKEY, the world leading manufacturer of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY's smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.

OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY´s regional offices for North and South America reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY's products are carried out in the company's two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs.

About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG)

ASSA ABLOY ITG is focused on current and emerging identification solutions within the radio frequency identification (RFID) and smart card markets. With headquarters in Irvine, CA, ITG employs approximately 770 people worldwide. In addition to a Research and Development Center, ITG consists of the companies HID, Indala, CTS, Interlock, Cubit, BUGA, Sokymat, OMNIKEY, Access ID, ACG Identification, ITG Europe, Middle East, and Africa, ITG Asia Pacific, and ITG Latin America. ASSA ABLOY ITG is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions. The ASSA ABLOY Group has about 30,000 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3 billion.

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