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Java Card™ Technology for Smart Cards by Zhiqun Chen

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Chapter 2. Smart Card Basics

This chapter gives a quick tour of the smart card world. It introduces smart card basics as a foundation for exploring the rest of the book. For readers who want to learn more about smart card technology, two books, one by Rankl and Effing[1] and the other by Guthery and Jurgensen[2], are good resources. Readers who have a smart card background can skip or skim through this chapter.

Overview of Smart Cards

Smart cards are often called chip cards, or integrated circuit (IC) cards. The integrated circuit incorporated in the credit card–sized plastic substrate contains elements used for data transmission, storage, and processing. A smart card may also have an embossed area on one face and a magnetic stripe on the other. ...

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