SOURCE: Elan Digital Systems Ltd.

June 20, 2005 12:02 ET

Single Chip SmartCard Reader Interface From Elan

FAREHAM, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- The new VMB5000 chip, designed by UK innovators Elan Digital, is unique for SmartCard Reader design as it is a single chip PCMCIA to SmartCard interface. In addition to its tiny size, as a bonus for designers, the chip is software configurable making it easier to set up, manage and update. Built around standard PCMCIA interface technology, the VMB5000 combines robust cross-platform compatibility and provides the user with a very low cost and easy-to-use bridge between PCMCIA and SmartCard.

The device is also designed to support the high data transfer rates needed for the ever-increasing storage capacity of the latest SmartCards.

The VMB5000 also provides very high speed USB and UART functions which can be used concurrently with the SmartCard or independently.

The 64 pin VQFN package makes the VMB5000 exceptionally easy to integrate into PC cards and assembly is further simplified by the on chip EEPROM which is required to store Plug & Play data. The use of ASIC design has meant that Elan Digital is able to deliver the lowest possible cost for high volume of this device, and is attracting customers from all parts of the globe.

In addition to the technical features of the device, Elan Digital offers a Developers Design Kit providing the tools needed to deliver an uncomplicated, fast and effective design process, so that with a few simple steps it is possible to get the design to work first time.

About Elan

Elan is a specialist design house centred on interface technology. 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 PC and PDA interface design companies globally. In recent years, Elan has expanded its design expertise to include USB, Express Card and SD technologies and has focused its design efforts on unique products for the fast-growing mobile datacomms market. 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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