ACR38 Smart Card Reader

With the continuing evolution of personal data security, the ACR38 smart card reader/writer, a full speed USB device, is perfectly designed for your use. The ACR38 reader series combines modern design with the latest technology, making it the best choice for your smart card application.

About ACR38

Along with the rapid growth of technology comes the increasing prevalence of electronic data theft. This emphasizes the need to secure electronic data, thus necessitating the integration of smart card technology into current IT infrastructures. Following this trend, the ACR38 Smart Card Reader Series combines sophisticated technology and modern design to meet stringent requirements in smart card-based applications, such as payment systems and electronic identification, where a high level of security has increasingly been deemed essential.

Being compliant with the CCID specification, the ACR38 Series offers a plug-and-play solution that eliminates the need for driver installation and driver-system compatibility assessment. Its USB interface facilitates communication between a computer and a smart card very easily, allowing for a seamless implementation of smart-card based applications in a PC environment.

ACR38 Smart Card Reader is compliant with ISO 7816 and EMV Level 1 specifications. It supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C ( 5V, 3 V and 1.8 V) cards, including all microprocessor cards with T=0, and T=1 protocols, as well as most of the popular memory cards in the market.

ACR38 also offers an optional built-in Security Access Module (SAM) slot - ACR38U-SAM that supports various high security applications. It is also available in different casing designs, including the new ACR38U-I1 which is now FIPS 201 certified and TAA compliant. In addition, ACR38 also has an alternative reader module form (ACM38).

ACR38 USB Smart Card Readers

ACR38 Standard Features

  • Supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C (5 V, 3 V, 1.8 V) card
  • Supports CAC (Common Access Card) *
  • Supports PIV (Personal Identity Verification) Card*
  • Supports microprocessor cards with T=0 or T=1 protocol
  • Supports memory cards:
    • Cards following the I2C bus protocol (free memory cards), including:
      • Atmel: AT24C01 / 02 / 04 / 08 / 16 / 32 / 64 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 1024
      • SGS-Thomson: ST14C02C, ST14C04C
      • Gemplus: GFM1K, GFM2K, GFM4K, GFM8K
    • Cards with intelligent 256 bytes EEPROM and write protect function, including: SLE4432, SLE4442, SLE5532, SLE5542 
    • Cards with intelligent 1K bytes EEPROM and write-protect function, including: SLE4418, SLE4428, SLE5518, SLE5528
    • Cards with '104' type of EEPROM non-reloadable token counter cards, including: SLE4406, SLE4436, SLE5536, SLE6636
    • Cards with secure memory IC with password and authentication, including: AT88SC153, AT88SC1608
    • Cards with Intelligent 416-Bit EEPROM with internal PIN check, including: SLE4404
    • Cards with Security Logic with Application Zone, including: AT88SC101, AT88SC102, AT88SC1003
  • Supports PPS (Protocol and Parameters Selection)
  • Features Short Circuit Protection
  • Application Programming Interface:
    • Supports PC/SC
    • Supports CT-API (through wrapper on top of PC/SC)


*For ACR38U-I1 only

ACR38 Typical Applications

  • e-Government
  • Banking & Payment
  • e-Healthcare
  • Access Control
  • Network Security
  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • e-Purse & Loyalty

ACR38 Technical Specifications

Dimensions

ACR38U-I1: 72.2mm (L) x 69.0mm (W) x 14.5mm (H)
ACR38U-H1: 71.5mm (L) x 80.0mm (W) x 80.0mm (H)
ACR38U-J1: 65.5mm (L) x 68.2mm (W) x 13.7mm (H)

InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed
Supply VoltageRegulated 5V DC
Supply CurrentMax. 50mA
Operating Temperature0-50°C
CLK Frequency

4 MHz

Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO- 7816 Class A, B and C ( 5V, 3V, 1.8V )
  • CAC & PIV Smart Cards*

*For ACR38U-I1 only

Compliance / Certifications
  • EN60950/IEC 60950, ISO 7816, FIPS 201*, TAA*, CE, FCC, UL, KC*, VCCI, PC/SC, CCID, EMV 2000 Level 1, RoHS, REACH, USB Full Speed
  • Microsoft WHQL: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012

*For ACR38U-I1 only

Operating System Support
  • Win98, Win ME, Win NT 4.0, Win 2000, Win 2003, Win 2003 R2, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 2008, Win 7, Win 8
  • Win 2003 x64, Win 2003 R2 x64, Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 2008 x64, Win 2008 R2 x64, Win 7 x64, Win 8 x64, Win 2012 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android™ 3.1 and above
Release Date Drivers OS Support Version File Size Notes
  USB Interface
22-Aug-2014 Win 2000, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, Win Server 2003, Server 2003 R2, Win Server 2008 4.0.4.0 3 MB
22-Aug-2014 Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 7 x64, Win 8 x64, Win 8.1 x64, Win Server 2003 x64, Win Server 2003 R2 x64, Win Server 2008 x64, Win Server 2008 R2 x64, Win Server 2012 x64, Win 2012 R2 x64 4.0.4.0 2 MB
21-Aug-2014 Win 2000, Win XP, Win XP x64, Win Vista, Win Vista x64, Win 7, Win 7 x64, Win 8, Win 8 x64, Win 8.1, Win 8.1 x64, Win Server 2003, Win Server 2003 x64, Win Server 2003 R2, Win Server 2003 R2 x64, Win Server 2008, Win Server 2008 x64, Win Server 2008 R2 x64, Win Server 2012 x64, Win Server 2012 R2 x64 4.0.0.4 619 KB
04-Jul-2014 Linux 1.0.8 2 MB
03-Jul-2014 Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9 1.0.8 418 KB
12-Sep-2011 Win 2000, Win XP, Win XP x64, Win Vista, Win Vista x64, Win 7, Win 7 x64, Win 8, Win 8 x64, Win Server 2003, Win Server 2003 x64, Win Server 2003 R2, Win Server 2003 R2 x64, Win Server 2008, Win Server 2008 x64, Win Server 2008 R2 x64, Win Server 2012 x64 1.0.0.1 2 MB
12-Sep-2011 Linux 1.0.0 62 KB
12-Sep-2011 Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9 1.0.0 35 KB
30-Jun-2014 Android 3.1 and above 1.1.2 716 KB
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38U Smart Card Reader (ACR38U-I1)

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38U Smart Card Reader (ACR38U-J1)

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38 Smart Card Reader (ACR38U-H1)

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACM38 Smart Card Reader Module (ACM38)

Reference Manual

Reference Manual of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers (CCID)

ACR38 SDK

ACR38 CCID Smart Card Reader Software Development Kit

The ACR38U (CCID) SDK is a complete package containing all the vital components required for the development of smart card applications. The ACR38U (CCID) SDK provides developers with tools and utilities and sample codes, which enable the convenient and effective incorporation of smart cards into their solutions.

The development kit is priced at only US$99.

ACR38 CCID SDK

Smart Card Reader(s)
  • 1 x ACR38U-I1 Smart Card Reader
Test Card(s)/ Token(s)
  • 5 x ACOS3 Microprocessor Smart Cards
  • 5 x SLE 5528 Memory Cards
  • 5 x SLE 5542 Memory Cards
CD-ROM
  • ACS Smart Card and Reader Tool
    • enables the user to perform smart card reader and card-related commands
  • Other Tools & Utilities
    • QuickView
      • checks for proper driver installation
    • PC/SC Learning Tool
      • shows the use of the PC/SC API's step-by-step and the parameters that need to be used
    • Scripting Tool 3 
      • allows the user to communicate with a smart card by using script command files
  • Sample Codes
    • Demonstrates basic commands used to communicate with the cards and readers
    • Available in the following programming languages:
      • Active X
      • Java (x86/x64)
      • Linux C++ (x86/x64)
      • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
      • MS Visual Basic .NET 2008 (x86/x64)
      • MS Visual C# .NET (x86/x64)
      • MS Visual C++ (x86/x64)
  • Smart Card Reader Driver(s)
  • Reference Manual(s)
SDK Operating System Support
  • Win 2000, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7
  • Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 7 x64

Contact Us

Hong Kong Headquarters

Advanced Card Systems Ltd.

Units 2010-2013, 20th Floor

Chevalier Commercial Centre

8 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay.

Hong Kong


Tel: +852-2796-7873

Fax: +852-2796-1286

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Canada Office

Advanced Card Systems (Canada) Ltd.

7030 Woodbine Ave., Suite 500

Markham, Ontario L3R 6G2

Canada


Tel: +1-416-591-9123

Fax: +1-416-591-9123

Email: info@acs.com.hk


USA Office

Advanced Card Systems (USA) Ltd.

21 Chippenham Drive Voorhees,

NJ 08043

USA


Tel: +1-856-784-7177 / +1-609-332-8593

Fax: +1-416-591-9123

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Japan Office

Advanced Card Systems (Japan) Ltd.

2-17-17, Nagatacho, chiyoda-ku,

Tokyo 100-0014 Japan

AIOS Nagatacho Building


Tel: +81-3-6205-7201

Fax: +81-3-6205-7202

Website:

Email: info@acs.com.hk

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