Contact chip cards for every purpose
The term smart cards generally includes all integrated circuit plastic cards in a format specified in ISO 7816. In general, chip cards can be subdivided as follows:
Contact chip cards are versatile disks that can contain simple memory or complete processors. They serve as credit or debit cards, as bonus or loyalty cards, as identity cards for access, IT access, time registration and payment functions. Contact chip cards are also used in telecommunications, pay-TV, healthcare and many other industries. Contact chip cards are produced in accordance with ISO 7810/7816 as a white card or with individual printing and equipment. Contact chip cards can also be combined with other data carriers. Combination options can be found under the term combination and hybrid cards.
Memory or processor chip?
Memory chips hold data volumes between 256 bytes and 128 Kbytes and have little or no read or write protection. They are suitable as data storage, for identification and for marketing applications, for example as a loyalty card in solar or fitness studios.
By contrast, processor chips have a very high degree of protection and can also process data in applications, encrypt it securely and provide it for multiple applications.
Example of a contact chip card with visible chip interface