1.1. About the ARM PrimeCell Smart Card Interface (PL130)

The PrimeCell Smart Card Interface (SCI) is an Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture (AMBA) compliant System-on-a-Chip peripheral that is developed, tested and licensed by ARM. Refer to Figure 1.1 to for a block diagram of the SCI.

The PrimeCell SCI is an AMBA slave module and connects to the AMBA Advanced Peripheral Bus (APB), and interfaces to an external Smart Card reader. The SCI can autonomously control data transfer to and from the smart card. Transmit and receive data FIFOs are provided to reduce the required interaction between the CPU core or an AMBA Advanced High-performance Bus (AHB) master and the peripheral.

Figure 1.1. PrimeCell SCI block diagram and PADS connections

PrimeCell SCI block diagram and PADS connections

The features of the PrimeCell SCI are covered under the following headings:

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