ACR38 Smart Card Reader

With the continuing evolution of personal data security, the ACR38 smart card reader/writer, a full speed USB device, is perfectly designed for your use. The ACR38 reader series combines modern design with the latest technology, making it the best choice for your smart card application.

About ACR38

Along with the rapid growth of technology comes the increasing prevalence of electronic data theft. This emphasizes the need to secure electronic data, thus necessitating the integration of smart card technology into current IT infrastructures. Following this trend, the ACR38 Smart Card Reader Series combines sophisticated technology and modern design to meet stringent requirements in smart card-based applications, such as payment systems and electronic identification, where a high level of security has increasingly been deemed essential.

Being compliant with the CCID specification, the ACR38 Series offers a plug-and-play solution that eliminates the need for driver installation and driver-system compatibility assessment. Its USB interface facilitates communication between a computer and a smart card very easily, allowing for a seamless implementation of smart-card based applications in a PC environment.

ACR38 Smart Card Reader is compliant with ISO 7816 and EMV Level 1 specifications. It supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C ( 5V, 3 V and 1.8 V) cards, including all microprocessor cards with T=0, and T=1 protocols, as well as most of the popular memory cards in the market.

ACR38 also offers an optional built-in Security Access Module (SAM) slot - ACR38U-SAM that supports various high security applications. It is also available in different casing designs, including the new ACR38U-I1 which is now FIPS 201 certified and TAA compliant.

ACR38 Standard Features

  • 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)


*Applicable for ACR38U-I1 and ACR38U-H1

ACR38 Typical Applications

  • e-Government
  • Banking & Payment
  • e-Healthcare
  • Access Control
  • Network Security
  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • e-Purse & Loyalty

ACR38 Technical Specifications

Dimensions

ACR38U-I1: 72.2mm (L) x 69.0mm (W) x 14.5mm (H)
ACR38U-H1: 71.5mm (L) x 80.0mm (W) x 80.0mm (H)

Compliance / Certifications
  • EN60950/IEC 60950, ISO 7816, FIPS 201*, TAA*, CE, FCC, UL, KC*, VCCI, PC/SC, CCID, EMV 2000 Level 1, RoHS, REACH, USB Full Speed
  • Microsoft WHQL: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012

*Applicable for ACR38U-I1 and ACR38U-H1

InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed
Supply VoltageRegulated 5V DC
Supply CurrentMax. 50mA
Operating Temperature0-50°C
CLK Frequency

4 MHz

Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO- 7816 Class A, B and C ( 5V, 3V, 1.8V )
  • CAC & PIV Smart Cards*

*Applicable for ACR38U-I1 and ACR38U-H1

Operating System Support
  • Win CE, Win 98, Win ME, Win 2000, Win 2003, Win 2003 R2, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 2008, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1
  • Win XP x64, Win 2003 x64, Win 2003 R2 x64, Win Vista x64, Win 2008 x64, Win 2008 R2 x64, Win 7 x64, Win 8 x64, Win 8.1 x64, Win 2012 x64, Win 2012 R2 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android™ 3.1 and above
Release Date Drivers OS Support Version File Size Notes
  USB Interface
23-Nov-2015

Windows® CE 5.0, Windows® CE 6.0, Windows® CE 7.0

2.0.1.0 371 KB
16-Dec-2016

Linux, Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12

1.1.4 436 KB
07-Dec-2016

Linux

1.1.4 2 MB
07-Dec-2016

Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12

1.1.4 247 KB
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

1.0.1.1 2 MB
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

1.0.1 261 KB
31-Mar-2016

Android 3.1 and above

1.1.3 472 KB
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38U Smart Card Reader (ACR38U-I1)

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR38 Smart Card Reader (ACR38U-H1)

Reference Manual

Reference Manual of ACR38 Series Smart Card Readers (CCID)

Contact Us

Hong Kong Headquarters

Advanced Card Systems Ltd.

Units 2010-2013, 20th Floor

Chevalier Commercial Centre

8 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay.

Hong Kong


Tel: +852-2796-7873

Fax: +852-2796-1286

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Japan Office

Advanced Card Systems (Japan) Ltd.

2-17-17, Nagatacho, chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

100-0014 Japan

AIOS Nagatacho Building


Tel: +81-3-6205-7201

Fax: +81-3-6205-7202

Website:

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Manila Office

ACS Technologies Ltd.

Unit 2106, One San Miguel Avenue Building

San Miguel Avenue cor. Shaw Boulevard

Ortigas Center, Pasig City,

Philippines


Tel: +632-633-6891

Fax: +632-638-5732

Email: info@acs.com.hk


USA Office

Advanced Card Systems (USA) Ltd.

21 Chippenham Drive Voorhees,

NJ 08043

USA


Tel: +1-856-784-7177 / +1-609-332-8593

Fax: +1-416-591-9123

Email: info@acs.com.hk

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