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New generation I/O IC for PC, motherboard

23 October 2002 DSP, Micros & Memory

Winbond Electronics has announced that its SMART@IO supports Memory Stick, SD (secured digital), MMC (multimedia card), smartcard (PC/SC) and all legacy I/O features. SMART@IO has been certified by Microsoft WHQL (windows hardware quality labs) and has been adopted by many PC and motherboard makers, according to the company.

Besides the SMART@IO chips, Winbond also provides an application program called SMART MANAGER that can implement a number of convenient functions for smart card applications. Examples are: Windows smartcard logon; GSM SIM card phone book edit; file protection, etc.

Winbond says that to own a smartcard or memory card reader, no matter what the interface - whether PCMCIA, USB, or COM port, connected with a PC - is still expensive. However, Winbond's solution reduces the cost to own a smartcard and memory card reader. With SMART@IO the function and the interface is integrated in a single IC. Therefore, inside the reader, there is only the socket and cable, but no controller IC. Also, the reader module can be built to fit into the 3,5" floppy disk slot of the PC case, which helps prevent it being stolen.



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