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Smart Card Connectors

Smart Card Connectors

Smart Card Connectors are integral components of a smart card reader or terminal, and provide electrical contact to the smartcard's pads. The connector is not a standalone peripheral device. An additional interface circuit is necessary to be able to read and write to the smartcard whether a smart card is a memory only or a microprocessor card.

Amphenol Smart Card Connectors are designed to make secure contact to all cards designed according to ISO 7816 and thus ensure a reliable data transmission. The communication with the chip card can begin when the card is fully inserted and the data contacts are all connected. At this point an integral card presence switch is activated and signals to the connected circuitry that the card is ready to be read and written to.

Smart Card Connectors for payment systems according to EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa / Integrated Circuit Card Specification for Payment Systems) have a specific card end position switch which detects the insertion and removal of a Smart Card.

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