ACR38U-N1 PocketMate is a smart card reader that has more to it than meets the eye. No larger than a standard USB token, it transforms into a smart card reader for full-sized contact smart cards with just a single swivel motion. It is capable of supporting demanding smart card applications, balancing functionality and design aesthetics to meet your security needs in applications like e-Banking, e-Payment, Physical and Logical Access and e-Government.

Housing the ACR38 core, ACR38U-N1 PocketMate supports ISO 7816 Class A, B, and C smart cards (5 V, 3 V, and 1.8 V), microprocessor cards with the T=0, and T=1 protocols. In addition, it supports a wide variety of memory cards in the market, including the Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC). This makes it ideal for a broad range of solutions, such as PIV Application and Digital Signature.

The highly compact ACR38U-N1 PocketMate is designed to be used anytime, anywhere. Being a PC/SC and CCID compliant device, ACR38U PocketMate can easily be integrated into a PC environment, with drivers that are compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Also, ACR38U-N1 PocketMate may now be used on mobile devices running on Android™ platform versions 3.1 and above.

With its various features, this FIPS 201-certified smart card reader is the perfect device for your smart card solution.

PC-Linked USB Single Contact Card Slot
  • 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)
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions (mm) 58.0 mm (L) x 20.0 mm (W) x 13.7 mm (H)
Weight (g) 12.0 g
USB Interface
Protocol USB CCID
Connector Type Standard Type A
Power Source From USB port
Speed USB Full Speed (12 Mbps)
Contact Smart Card Interface
Number of Slots 1 Full-sized Card Slot
Standard ISO 7816 Parts 1-3, Class A, B, C (5 V, 3 V, 1.8 V)
Protocol T=0; T=1; Memory Card Support
Others CAC, PIV, J-LIS Smart Cards
Certifications/Compliance
Certifications/Compliance EN 60950/IEC 60950
ISO 7816
USB Full Speed
PC/SC
CCID
EMV Level 1 (Contact)
J-LIS (Japan)
TAA (US)
VCCI (Japan)
Microsoft® WHQL
CE
FCC
WEEE
RoHS 2
REACH
Device Driver Operating System Support
Device Driver Operating System Support Windows®
Linux®
MAC OS®
Solaris
Android™

ACR38U-N1 is end-of-life already. To inquire about a suitable replacement or pending orders, please contact [email protected].

Drivers for ACR38U-N1
USB Interface OS Support
MSI Installer for PC/SC Driver  6 MB
Version 4.2.9.0
25-Jun-2018
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® Server 2016
MSI Installer for PC/SC Driver  5 MB
Version 4.0.6.0
14-Nov-2014
Windows® 7 (for users who did not install required Microsoft Windows Updates and get driver signature error (Code 52))
PC/SC Drivers  1 MB
Version 4.2.9.0
22-Jun-2018
Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® Server 2016
PC/SC Drivers  371 KB
Version 2.0.1.0
23-Nov-2015
Windows® CE 5.0, Windows® CE 6.0, Windows® CE 7.0
PC/SC Driver Package  2 MB
Version 1.1.6
30-Oct-2018
Linux ®
PC/SC Driver Installer  256 KB
Version 1.1.6.3
11-Apr-2019
Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12. Mac 10.13, Mac 10.14
PC/SC Drivers  457 KB
Version 1.1.6
29-Oct-2018
Linux®, Mac OS® X
CT-API Library  2 MB
Version 1.0.1.1
23-Jan-2017
Windows® XP, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® 10
CT-API Library  261 KB
Version 1.0.1
23-Jan-2017
Linux®, Mac OS® X 10.5, Mac OS® X10.6, Mac OS® X10.7, Mac OS® X10.8, Mac OS® X10.9
Android EVK  421 KB
Version 1.1.5
25-Jun-2019
Android™ 3.1 and above
PC/SC Driver Installer 
Version 1.0.8
16-Feb-2017
Solaris 10, 11 and above



Manuals & Datasheets for ACR38U-N1
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of the ACR38U-N1 PocketMate Smart Card Reader

Reference Manual

Reference Manual of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers (CCID)