Smart Card Connectors are integral components of a smart card reader or terminal, and provide electrical contact to the smart card's pads. The connector is not a stand-alone peripheral device. An additional interface circuit is necessary to be able to read and write to the smart card whether a smart card is a memory only or a microprocessor card.
Amphenol Smart Card Connectors are designed to make secure contact to all cards designed according to ISO 7816 and thus ensure a reliable data transmission. The communication with the chip card can begin when the card is fully inserted and the data contacts are all connected. At this point, an integral card presence switch is activated and signals to the connected circuitry that the card is ready to be read and written to.