Microprocessor cards have a complete computing structure with a main memory, an operating system and a computing unit. They are often called "smart cards" or "chip cards".
manufacturer of OS
|SLE66CX322||32 KByte||CardOS 4.3b||Infineon|
|SLE66CX322||32 KByte||TCOS 2.0 3||Telesec|
|P8WE5032||32 KByte||STARCOS SPK 2.4||Giesecke & Devrient|
The main applications for these microprocessor cards until now have been charge cards, access cards for PayTV or the GSM card in mobile phones. In future, health insurance cards and credit cards will also be fitted with a processor. Cryptoprocessors are also increasing in importance for IT security (access protection) and for local PKI, as well as public PKI solutions (digital signatures). One characteristic of processor cards is that the operating system is a fixed element of the product. The only changes which can be made later are initialisation and personalisation with individual data.
Plasticard-ZFT produces smart cards with all (non-proprietary) processor types and operating systems. Processor cards can also include contactless chips such as MIFARE, Legic or Hitag. Dual interface cards are a special case, as they can work both as contact chip cards and as RFID cards.
You can find further information on this subject under ID cards, RFID cards, and in the customer area.
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