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MagChip™, MagStripe Decoding ASIC (IDT 141)


Product Description:

The MagChip is an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) specifically designed for amplifying and decoding MagStripe read head signals. Because MagChip is an Integrated Circuit (IC) designed specifically to perform reading and decoding functions, it is smaller, consumes less power, and costs less than a general-purpose processor chip while delivering superior performance. MagChip decodes the analog output from a magnetic "read" head and produces a digital data-bit stream with clock and "media detect" outputs. It has 100 levels of Automatic Gain Control (AGC), decode speeds of 3 to 75 inches per second, and uses less than 50 micro amps when not reading.

Features:

  • Superior reading of high jitter, scratched, and worn MagStripe cards
  • Low power-sleeps when not reading
  • Less than 1.0mA typical when reading a card
  • Operation form 2.7V to 5.5V
  • True AGC handles signal amplitudes from 1mV to 1V p-p
  • +/- 2000V Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) protection
  • Typical card swipe speeds from 3 to 75+ ips
  • Compatible with a wide range of available read heads
  • Supports bi-directional card swiping and decoding

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