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CardBus Controller Supports Multiple Types Of Flash Media

Designed for use in laptop computers and small PCs, the PCI1620 CardBus controller chip employs the company's UltraMedia technology, which allows the device to read a wide range of flash media types. The chip is also said to be the industry's first device to be fully compliant to PCMCIA's proposal 262. The PCI1620 integrates a smart card reader that enables secure log-on to PCs and networks and encryption of sensitive data. Compliant with EMV2000, terminals and applications, the IC also provides security for online banking transactions, such as debit/credit services and online payments. According to the company, OEMs can provide dedicated sockets for different types of media cards, including a 4-in-1 socket or a single passive adapter that can accommodate four different types of media, such as MS, SM, SD and MultiMediaCards. The PCI1620 supports two CardBus slots and allows for two different kinds of media to be accessed at the same time. A separate adapter for smart cards is also available from numerous third-party suppliers. Available in 209 GHK MicroStar BGA and 208-PDV packages, the CardBus controller costs $8 each/10K. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC., Santa Clara, CA. (800) 477-8924 ext 4500.


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