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Types of Smart Cards

Smart cards have become more prevalent in the current days as well as used in many fields and have many types. It is a device that includes an embedded integrated circuit that can be either a secure microcontroller or equivalent intelligence with internal memory or a memory chip alone. 

In this article let us explain smart cards of all kinds and shapes.

Types of Smart Cards

Magnetic stripe cards

It is a type of card used to store data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card.  Each particle is really a very tiny bar magnet about 20 millionths of an inch long. It encoded with information about the cardholder’s account, such as their credit card number, full name, the card’s expiration date, and the country code.

Advantages:

  • Simple to use.
  • Inexpensive to produce.
  • Data in it can be altered.
  • Secured by pin code.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited storage.
  • Data can be destroyed.

Magnetic stripe cards

Optical cards

Its form of optical storage in which the medium is in credit-card form, intended for uses similar to those of a magnetic-stripe card but with much higher capacity. It uses a reader that is software takes several steps to convert an image file into an editable document. Each step in this process uses a specific algorithm to alter, enhance, and interpret the images found within a file. Each and every step involved in this process is critical to the overall success of OCR.

Advantages:

  • Documents will be text-searchable with OCR processing.
  • Save time.
  • Improve customer services.
  • Easy to edit documents.
  • Improve business operates.

Disadvantages:

  • Some computers couldn’t use these cards.
  • No-reusable sometimes.

Optical cards

Memory cards

It is an electronic flash memory data storage device used for storing digital information. These are commonly used in portable electronic devices, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, laptop computers, tablets, PDAs, portable media players, video game consoles, synthesizers, electronic keyboards, and digital pianos. Cards range in size from 1 MB to 2 GB. The SD High Capacity (SDHC) standard was created later and allows cards 2 GB to 32 GB in size.

Advantages:

  • Easily marked on their coverage.
  • Nonvolatile memory.
  • Very portable.
  • Consumes very little power.
  • Used on small, portable or remote computing devices.

Disadvantages:

  • Easily break.
  • Have prices and rewrite the boundaries.
  • Damaged if treated roughly broken.

Memory cards

Microprocessor cards

It is a card with a microcontroller chip, which contains a CPU, volatile memory (RAM) and nonvolatile memory. A microprocessor card can also contain a numerical coprocessor (NPU) to execute security operations.

This capability to record and modify information in its own non-volatile, physically protected memory makes the smart card a powerful and practical tool. Smart cards are small and portable, they can interact with computers and other automated systems, and the data they carry can be updated instantaneously.

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microprocessor card