Smart Card Reader / Writer (PCMCIA Type II Slot)

Key Features:

  • Designed for mobile CardLogix smart card users
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Compliant with all major smart card industry standards
  • EMV Level 1 and PC/SC certified
  • Ideal for travelers due to its robust metal casing
  • On-board flash provides seamless firmware upgrades in-field
Our Price $69.00

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Indentive (SCM) SCR243 Overview

The SCM Microsystems SCR243 smart card reader / writer is designed to meet the requirements of mobile smart card users and is a fully ISO7816 compliant contact smart card reader for the PCMCIA card slot of mobile computing devices. The SCR243 smart card reader has a robust and perfectly fitting design and allows comfortable working without any interfering cables which is ideal for a mobile user. The patented design fits effortlessly into a standard PCMCIA Type II slot and offers an easy smart card insertion mechanism for your convenience. It works with all major ISO7816-compliant smart cards in the ID1 format.

The SCR243 continues the line of SCM Microsystems' market-leading smart card reader products based on the STC II smart card controller chip that supports multiple interfaces, multiple reader devices and all relevant security standards. The STC II chip was the industry's first to offer On-board Flash, allowing future firmware and application enhancements. The chip provides secure access to sensitive data and supports multiple security applications including PKI, digital signature, email encryption, online banking, and personal identification, all in a compact, mobile device. The EMV certification recommends the reader especially for applications with banking or credit cards.


Indentive (SCM) SCR243 Features

  • Full reader insert into Express card slot for maximum convenience
  • Robust steel casing with easy smart card insertion mechanism
  • EMV Level 1 certified
  • Compliant with all CardLogix smart cards and relevant industry standards
  • Customization options: Branding and corporate ID via label color and company logo
  • Software and functionality compatible with Identive's SCR33xx reader family
  • SmartOS™ powered
  • Open-ended mouth for convenient smart card insertion and removal
  • High performance, low power consumption
  • On-board flash provides seamless firmware upgrades in the field


Indentive (SCM) SCR243 Specifications

General Specifications
Host Interface
  • PCMCIA Type II slot
  • PC-Card 8 bits I/O 5V
Smart Card Interface
  • T=0, T=1 protocol support
  • Memory card support through SCM MCard API
  • Communication speed up to 344,105 bps (PPS, Fl parameter)
  • Frequency up to 8 MHz (PPS, Dl parameter)
  • Supports ISO 7816 Class A and AB smart card
  • Memory card support through SCM MCARD API
  • PCMCIA bus powered device
  • Fully tested and compliant with all CardLogix smart cards and relevant industry standards
Smart Card Connector
  • 8 contacts (ISO locations)
  • 100,000 insertions/ removal cycle
  • Sliding contacts
Smart Card Detection
  • Movement detection with auto power-off
  • Automatic detection of smart card type
  • Short circuit protection
Power Supply
  • 68 pins PCMCIA connector
  • Power through PCMCIA interface
  • 5V 100mA
Supported Smartcard Types
Power to Smart card
  • 60mA in Class A; 55mA in Class B; 35mA in Class C
Supported Tag ICs
  • All major ISO/IEC 7816 compliant Smart Card IC support
  • T=0, T=1
Form Factor
  • Internal
  • Dimensions: 85.6 (L) x 54 (W) x 5 (H) mm
  • Weight: 30 grams
Operating Conditions
  • 90% (non-condensing) Operating Humidity
  • 0 to 50 °C
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98 and 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2003 Server (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 Server (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows CE 3.0, 4.2, and 5.0
  • Linux 2.4.x and 2.6.x (32-bit)
  • Mac OS X
  • SmartOS™ powered
  • Downloadable firmware updates
  • CHIPDRIVE® smart card Tools
  • FCC Class B part 15, cULus, CE,VCCI
  • ANZI (SCR243)
  • CNS Functional Approvals
  • Microsoft WHQL 2000, XP, Server 2003
  • EMV 2000 Level 1 and PC/SC certified
  • WEEE compliance
  • RoHS Environmental Approvals
Packaging contents
  • SCR243 smart card reader
  • Hard case
  • Driver
  • Without application software (can be downloaded)
Customization options
  • Branding and corporate ID via label color and company logo
Part Numbers
  • SCR243
  • P/N: 904610
  • UNSPSC: 43211702
  • SKU: 1016169
  • EAN/UPC: 717420172148
  • 1056772
  • SCR243GSA
Manufacturer Warranty
  • Parts - 1 year limited
  • Labor - 1 year limited


Indentive (SCM) SCR243 Applications

The SCR243 is ideal for integration into mobile devices such as tablets, notebooks, PDA's or PC bus systems with a standard PCMCIA Type II slot. It is suitable for a wide range of applications such as home banking, network security, authentication for web based cashless transactions, digital document signatures, secure logon, e-mail encryption, online gaming, shopping, as well as online loyalty points redemption and other PC-related applications.

  • HBCI Banking (e-Banking)
  • Identity management
  • Charging the money card (electronic purse)
  • Business cards
  • Public transport or retail payment
  • Badging stations
  • Checking the balance of your e-Purse
  • e-Passport personalization and verification
  • PKI(public-key infrastructure) Applications
  • @Quick
  • Healthcare (EMR)
  • Loyalty (like frequent flyer points) or Stored value
  • e-Commerce (online payment)
  • Record keeping
  • Secure network access
  • Hospitality
  • Electronic voting
  • Computer security (log in access)


Indentive (SCM) SCR243 Support

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About Identive ID Infrastructure (Formerly SCM Microsystems)

Corporate Profile

Identive Group, Inc is a provider world's broadest range of contact, contactless and mobile smart card reader and terminal technology, digital identity and transaction platforms, as well as solutions that integrate physical and logical access control.

Identive's smart card-based products and solutions are utilized around the world to enable security and identification applications, transaction systems, eHealth- and eGovernment programs and physical access systems. We also offer a range of smart card-based security, productivity and time recording solutions for small and medium-size businesses under our retail CHIPDRIVE® brand.

Environmental Policy

Identive ID is committed to conducting business in a manner consistent with the efficient use of resources and materials, and the protection and preservation of the natural environment for future generations.

Through a policy of continuous improvement, the implementation of environmental management programs, and the setting of targets and objectives, Identive ID strives to meet and exceed all relevant environmental laws, regulations and agreements in reference to its activities, products and services.

The SCM Microsystems' Advantage

Trusted Partner

  • ASIC (application specific IC) and smart card reader development experience since 1990
  • Innovative solutions - more than 50 patents filed
  • Reliable high-quality mass production capability - more than 15 Mio. reader solutions deployed to date
  • Active role in standardization committees
  • Complex project management expertise - e.g. U.S. Department of Defense CAC program, electronic ID applications (ePassport, health card projects, national ID, driver license)

Trusted Products

  • Broadest portfolio of security technology products - for governments, corporations, financial institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals around the globe
  • Secure smart chip reader design - certified and compliant to EMV, Common Criteria, PC/SC, USB
  • High-quality products designed to meet the various requirements in the data security area
  • Flexible and future proof solutions - SCM's SmartOS™ middleware and its own ASIC technology allow in Field upgrades and secure your investment


  • Global presence and support
  • Product customization options
  • Product branding
  • Dedicated Research & Development and customer support team
  • Strong global partnership network with leading suppliers along the value chain (smart card manufacturers, application providers, system integrators, device manufacturers)



API (Application Programming Interface)
A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol. APIs are implemented by writing function calls in the program, which provide the linkage to the required subroutine for execution. Thus, an API implies that a driver or program module is available in the computer to perform the operation or that software must be linked into the existing program to perform the tasks.
CAC (Common Access Card)
A smart card about the size of a credit card, is the standard identification for active duty uniformed service personnel, Selected Reserve, DoD civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel. It is also the principal card used to enable physical access to buildings and controlled spaces, and it provides access to DoD computer networks and systems.
CCID (Chip Card Interface Device)
The standardized communication protocols by which a USB host interacts with a USB smart card reader interacts with a smart card (with contacts, as specified in ISO/IEC 7816). These devices have been assigned the USB class number 0x0B. Generic CCID USB Smart Card Reader are readily available and very much compatible with all SKUs often associated for Windows based Operating Systems such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, a global standard for inter-operation of integrated circuit cards and IC card capable point of sale terminals and automated teller machines, for authenticating credit and debit card transactions.
ID-1 (CR80)
An international standard that defines the physical characteristics for identification cards and is reference by the ISO 7810 (Identification Cards-Physical Characteristics) document. According to this document the ID-1 (CR80) card has the following dimensions: 3.370 inches (85.60 mm) wide and 2.125 inches (53.98 mm) high. The thickness is 0.030 inches.
Founded in 1946, ISO is an international organization composed of national standards bodies from over 75 countries. For example, ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is a member of ISO. ISO has defined a number of important computer standards, the most significant of which is perhaps OSI (Open Systems Interconnection), a standardized architecture for designing networks.
ISO/IEC 7810
The standard specifies the physical characteristics of identification cards including card material, construction, characteristics and nominal dimensions for three sizes of cards (ID-1, ID-2 and ID-3). It is the ID-1 card that forms the basis of ISO 7816-1.
ISO/IEC 7816

The standardization of physical characteristics, dimensions and location of contacts, electrical interface and transmission protocols, organization, security and commands for interchange of a smart card. It was created in 1987, updated in 1998, amended in 2003.

7816 specifies:

  • Contents of command-response pairs exchanged at the interface
  • Means of retrieval of data elements and data objects in the card
  • Structures and contents of historical bytes to describe operating characteristics of the card
  • Structures for applications and data in the card, as seen at the interface when processing commands
  • Access methods to files and data in the card
  • A security architecture defining access rights to files and data in the card
  • Means and mechanisms for identifying and addressing applications in the card
  • Methods for secure messaging
  • Access methods to the algorithms processed by the card. It does not describe these algorithms

The characteristics specified include:

  • Physical dimensions
  • Resistance to bending, flame, chemicals, temperature and humidity
  • Toxicity
  • The standard includes test methods for resistance to heat
Memory Smart Cards
Though often referred to as smart cards, memory cards are typically much less expensive and much less functional than microprocessor cards. They contain EEPROM and ROM memory, as well as some address and security logic. In the simplest designs, logic exists to prevent writing and erasing of the data. More complex designs allow for memory read access to be restricted. Typical memory card applications are pre-paid telephone cards and health insurance cards.
Microprocessor Smart Cards
A smart card that has a microprocessor that includes components of this type of architecture including a CPU, RAM, ROM, and EEPROM. The operating system is typically stored in ROM, the CPU uses RAM as its working memory, and most of the data is stored in EEPROM. A rule of thumb for smartcard silicon is that RAM requires four times as much space as EEPROM, which in turn requires four times as much space as ROM.
OS (Operating System)
The OS is the hardware-specific firmware that provides basic functionality as secure access to on-card storage, authentication and encryption. Only a few cards allow writing programs that are loaded onto the smart card - just like programs on a computer.
PC/SC (Personal Computer/Smart Card)
The interoperability specification for ICCs and Personal Computer Systems (PC/SC) has been developed to ease the introduction of smart cards into the world of PCs. The advantage of PC/SC is that applications do not have to acknowledge the details corresponding to the smart card reader when communicating with the smart card. This application can function with any reader that complies with the PC/SC standard. The PC/SC specifications are based on the ISO 7816 standards and are compatible with both the EMV and GSM specifications. There is broad industry support for the specifications and a strong desire to move them toward becoming independent standards in the future.
PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association)
An organization consisting of some 500 companies that has developed a standard for small, credit card-sized devices, called PC Cards. Originally designed for adding memory to portable computers, the PCMCIA standard has been expanded several times and is now suitable for many types of devices. There are in fact three types of PCMCIA cards. All three have the same rectangular size (85.6 by 54 millimeters), but different widths. Type II cards can be up to 5.5 mm thick. These cards are often used for modem and fax modem cards.
PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
A system of digital certificates, Certificate Authorities, and other registration authorities that verify and authenticate the validity of each party involved in an Internet transaction. PKIs are currently evolving and there is no single PKI or even a single agreed-upon standard for setting up a PKI. However, nearly everyone agrees that reliable PKIs are necessary before electronic commerce can become widespread.
An open-source Unix-like operating system that combines OpenSolaris technology with Linux KVM virtualization. Its core kernel contributed to illumos project. It features four technologies, ZFS, DTrace, Zones and KVM. SmartOS is designed to be particularly suitable for building clouds and generating appliances.
SDK (Software Development Kit)
A collection of development tools used for programmers to develop applications for a smart card use and includes API's.
UID (Unique Identification Number)

A number which is guaranteed to be unique among all identifiers used in a smart card for a specific purpose. There are three main types of unique identifiers, each corresponding to a different generation strategy:

  • Serial numbers, assigned incrementally
  • Random numbers, selected from a number space much larger than the maximum (or expected) number of objects to be identified. Although not really unique, some identifiers of this type may be appropriate for identifying objects in many practical applications and are, with abuse of language, still referred to as “unique”
A character-level transmission protocol, defined in ISO/IEC 7816-3. T=0 requires 2 request/response pairs per command (send command and get response saying got command, then a command to get the response and then the actual response).
A block-level transmission protocol, defined in ISO/IEC 7816-3. T=1 is newer than T=0. The block-oriented T=1 protocol is a half-duplex protocol and works with error detection (EDC) at the end of block.