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Card Reader for Magnetic Stripe And Micro-chip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061926D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rohen, JF: AUTHOR

Abstract

A credit card (e.g. a smart card) or bank card 1 may include a magnetic stripe 2 for magnetically storing data and a micro-chip 3 with external contacts for electronically storing and communicating additional data. The Figure illustrates a reader which a card 1 is inserted in the direction of the arrow 4. When seated in the position shown, the magnetic stripe 2 is immediately adjacent a magnetic head 5 for communicating with th stripe. The head is mounted onto a block 6 attached to a helical gear shaft 7. Rotation of the shaft causes the block and read/ write head to reciprocate along the length of the magnetic stripe.

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Card Reader for Magnetic Stripe And Micro-chip

A credit card (e.g. a smart card) or bank card 1 may include a magnetic stripe 2 for magnetically storing data and a micro-chip 3 with external contacts for electronically storing and communicating additional data. The Figure illustrates a reader which a card 1 is inserted in the direction of the arrow 4. When seated in the position shown, the magnetic stripe 2 is immediately adjacent a magnetic head 5 for communicating with th stripe. The head is mounted onto a block 6 attached to a helical gear shaft 7. Rotation of the shaft causes the block and read/ write head to reciprocate along the length of the magnetic stripe.

The micro-chip 3 includes a number of small contact points 10 that are exposed for electrical contact with mating connectors 11 attached to a pivoting arm 12. As the card is inserted it may contact the vertically extended portion 12A of the arm causing the contact end of the arm to swing up and make electrical connection with contacts 10 on the chip. The contacts may be designed to insure proper contact pressure, self-cleaning action, and long wear.

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