INSIDE Contactless has introduced PicoRead, which it sees as an answer for an RF 13.56Mhz interface for large scale applications. It is designed to meet the needs of OEMs in consumer electronics and equipment, such as mobile handsets and PDAs, which require a small footprint. It also covers other applications, such as access for hotel and private door locks, logical access via PC integration, or handheld terminals for ID and fare verification.
The world’s first low cost, low power multi-standard contactless chip interface
Aix en Provence, France – INSIDE Contactless has announced the immediate availability of PicoRead, the low-cost, low-power, multi-standard 13.56 MHz contactless chip interface. The product was displayed at CARTES 2004 in Paris Nov. 2-4.
PicoRead is INSIDE’s answer to the fast growing demand for an RF 13.56Mhz interface in large scale applications where power and space for integration are limited. PicoRead was specifically designed to address the needs of OEMs in consumer electronics and equipments where large reader volumes require small footprint at low-cost. Applications developed using INSIDE’s couplers can be easily transferred to PicoRead.
Bruno Charrat, INSIDE’s Chief Technology Officer comments: “We have developed that high performing chip to bridge multiple market segment needs in the industry. This product can be used in consumer electronic devices such as mobile handsets and PDAs, one of the most promising market segments. It covers a very large domain of applications, such as: access control in hotel and private door locks, logical access control via integration in PCs, keyboards, laptops, or handheld terminals for ID and fare verification.”
PicoRead integrates the Reader-to-Reader technology (R2R) enabling it to communicate with any 13.56 MHz contactless chip and reader that uses the ISO 14443 A/B, FeliCa or ISO 15693 protocols. Thus any consumer electronic device equipped with INSIDE’s R2R technology becomes both an RF reader and an RF tag, all in one. Furthermore, R2R is compatible with NFC enabled devices.
PicoRead’s operating distance works up to 10 cm, and uses a baud rate up to 848 Kbps for faster transactions. Its low power consumption (from 20A to 50A in active mode) and power saving mode (50A in stand-by mode, and automatic card detection) are particularly well-adapted for battery operated devices.
PicoRead is also available in a chipset version, where it comes along with a microcontroller host interface.
About INSIDE Contactless
INSIDE Contactless is a pioneering semiconductor company dedicated to contactless technology. The company is a leading supplier of chips, packaging, and readers, offering a range of technology solutions for targeting high-potential markets such as Mass Transit, Access Control, Payment, Identity, and Electronic Tagging. INSIDE Contactless acts as a one-stop shop for its customers by providing a complete contactless technology platform. With its headquarters in Aix-en-Provence, France, and offices in Shanghai, China, in Singapore and Wilmington (Delaware, USA), INSIDE Contactless works with a world-wide customer base such as system integrators, VARs and application developers. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.insidecontactless.com.
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