ACS Launches Smart Card Reader Module Product Line

April 20, 2015

SCRMHONG KONG, 20 April, 2015 - Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific's top supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), today launched the smart card reader module product line. The new product line, currently containing 5 individual products, elevates flexibility for a diverse array of applications, while providing high-level security.

The smart card reader module line is designed to be integrated into embedded systems, which include, but are not limited to: smart card readers, ATM machines, kiosks, and gaming machines. Contact and contactless reader modules are both offered under this product line.

ACM1252U-Y3 USB NFC Reader Module with Detachable Antenna BoardEmbedded contactless reader modules are based on 13.56 MHz technology. They include ACM1252U-Y3 , a USB NFC (Near Field Communications) reader module with a detachable antenna board . It supports all three NFC modes (card reader/writer, card emulation, and peer-to-peer communication). This reader module supports not only ISO14443 type A and B cards, but also ISO18092 NFC tags, Felica cards and NFC phones . Upon request, ACM1252U-Y3 comes with a Class A, ISO 7816‒compliant Secure Access Module (SAM) slot.

ACM1281S-C7 Serial Contactless Reader Module with SAM SlotThe other modules are: ACM1281U-C7, a USB contactless reader module and ACM1281S-C7, a serial contactless reader module. Each has an integrated (on-board) antenna, high-speed communication capability for ISO14443 type A and B contactless cards, and extended APDU support. These two contactless reader modules come with a built-in SAM slot compliant with ISO 7816 (Class A).

ACM38U-Y3 Contact Smart Card Reader ModuleMeanwhile, the first embedded contact reader module to be launched under this product line is ACM38U-Y. It utilizes the ACR38 core, which has been recognized globally for its high performance capability for ISO7816 smart cards. Its different on-board pin connectors increase flexibility for users by extending the USB connection, smart card connector, and LED signal. It comes in two versions: ACM38U-Y3, a CCID reader module; and ACM38U-Y6, a module with SAM slot support. Since card authentication is done via the SAM interface, ACM38U-Y6 adds another layer of security for applications.

“The smart card reader module product line is a timely addition to ACS’s portfolio,” says Gilbert Leung, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “It increases flexibility for our clients, while providing top-notch security and convenience. We expect this new product line to add value to a wide range of applications.”

Engineering samples are now available. Smart card reader module products will be released commercially in Q3 2015. For more information on reader module products, please visit

About ACS

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), founded in 1995, is Asia Pacific's top supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers. ACS is the winner of the Product Quality Leadership Award for Smart Card Readers from Frost & Sullivan. In 2010 and 2014, ACS was listed in Forbes Asia's “Best Under a Billion", an inter-industry list comprised of 200 top-performing publicly listed companies in the Asia-Pacific, with sales between US$5 million and US$1 billion. ACS develops a wide range of high quality smart card reading/writing devices, smart cards and related products and distributes them to over 100 countries worldwide. Visit ACS at