SOURCE: Elan Digital Systems Ltd.

April 21, 2005 11:44 ET

On-Board Memory for RFID Card Readers With Elan's Multi-Function Chip

FAREHAM, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 21, 2005 -- Elan's new VMB5000 multi-function bridge chip is proving of significant interest to the RFID market because it offers simple implementation of SD type Flash memory as part of the standard PCMCIA interface function. No significant extra components are involved in this application making it a very economical solution, as the chip itself is low cost.

The unique design of the VMB5000 bridge device enables up to virtually unlimited Gigabytes of flash memory to be installed on the PCMCIA/CF RFID card and to be accessed concurrently with the normal serial or USB data interface.

The memory will appear in the host device list as a standard drive letter and may be used for any kind of data storage. A good example would be logging RFID access information where the advantage is to have this data independent of the host computer. In critical applications it may also be important to have a backup store of information physically on the RFID reader as well as transfer to the host PC.

The VMB5000 is a single chip PCMCIA/CF interface solution which combines very small size, low power, high speed and low cost. Driver software is provided for Windows 2K / XP.

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About Elan

Elan is a specialist design house centred on PCMCIA. A worldwide range of clients uses their products and custom design services. Elan is a privately owned company which has gained unique experience over its 28 year history and uses the latest design & manufacturing technology which makes them one of the leading PCMCIA interface design companies in their field worldwide. In recent years Elan has focused its design efforts towards on unique products for the mobile datacomms industry. Elan has ISO9001 (2000) approval.

Known for their expertise in innovative designs, Elan has a number of international design patents related to their own proprietary products. Additionally, Elan is a winner of UK Government SMART Awards for creative design.

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