Portable and lightweight, the ACR38U PocketMate Smart Card Reader is a USB-sized device that transforms into a smart card reader for full-sized contact smart cards with just a single swivel motion.

With its MicroUSB OTG interface, it supports most smartphones and tablets, and can be easily integrated with any mobile device running on the Android™ platform versions 3.1 and above. Additionally, it may be used with Windows, Linux, or Mac operating systems, because of its PC/SC and CCID compliance.

It can run applications that use full-sized contact smart cards and meets security requirements in various fields, including m-Commerce.

ACR38U PocketMate supports ISO 7816 Classes A, B, and C smart cards (5V, 3V, and 1.8V), microprocessor cards with the T=0, T=1 protocol, and common memory cards. It has a smart card read/write speed of up to 344 Kbps.

This small device proves to be a powerful smart card reader, as it houses the ACR38 core, which has been proven to support highly demanding smart card applications. Built with a modern and functional design, the ACR38U PocketMate II is a smart card reader that is particularly recommended for frequent travelers who need to complete transactions securely on the road.

Mobile Micro USB Single Contact Card Slot
  • Supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C (5 V, 3 V, 1.8 V) cards
  • 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)
Dimensions 58.0 mm (L) x 20.0 mm (W) x 13.7 mm (H)
Compliance / Certifications
  • EN60950/IEC 60950, ISO 7816, FIPS 201, TAA, CE, FCC, VCCI, PC/SC, CCID, EMV 2000 Level 1, RoHS, USB Full Speed
  • Microsoft WHQL: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012
Interface MicroUSB (OTG) Full Speed
Supply Voltage Regulated 5V DC
Supply Current Max. 50mA
Operating Temperature 0-50°C
CLK Frequency 4 MHz
Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO 7816 Class A, B and C ( 5 V, 3 V, 1.8 V )
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 x 64, Win 2012 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android™ 3.1 and above
Drivers for ACR38U-ND OS Support
USB Interface
MSI Installer for PC/SC Driver  5 MB
Version 4.2.6.1
11-Oct-2017
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 R2
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  921 KB
Version 4.2.6.0
14-Sep-2017
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 R2
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 1.1.5
27-Oct-2017
Linux ®
PC/SC Driver Installer  251 KB
Version 1.1.5
23-Oct-2017
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
PC/SC Drivers  455 KB
Version 1.1.5
23-Oct-2017
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
PC/SC Driver Package 
Version 1.0.8
16-Dec-2016
Solaris 10 , 11 and above
Android EVK  472 KB
Version 1.1.3
31-Mar-2016
Android 3.1 and above



Manuals & Datasheets for ACR38U-ND
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR38U PocketMate

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38U PocketMate

Reference Manual

Reference Manual of ACR38U PocketMate