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Smart card
TB-100
Philips
  
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PE-122
Smart card reader/writer - this page is a stub

PE-122 was an external smart card reader/writer with an RS232 interface, developed around 1997 by Philips in France. It was used for reading and writing TB-100 smart cards, such as the Dutch Girotel bank cards (Chipknip) and the security tokens used with the Philips PNVX crypto telephone, the PFDX fax encryptor and the PPSX data encryptor.

The device comes with a serial cable with a 8-pin RJ45 plug at one end, and a 9-pin DE-9/F connector at the other end. At the rear end of the DE-9 plug is a socket for a 5V DC power supply. A suitable cable is provided for 'stealing' 5V from the PS2 keyboard or mouse mini-DIN socket that used to be available on desktop PCs.

Unlike its predecessor – PE-112 – the PE-122 is only suitable for the later types of smart card (post-1990) with have their contact pads at the left center (rather than at the top left).
  

PE-122 external smart card reader
PE-122 with TB-100 smart card
Connected to a serial port
Bottm side with ID tag
Serial and power cables
RS232 connector (DE9) with power input
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PE-122 external smart card reader
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PE-122 with TB-100 smart card
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Serial and power cables
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RS232 connector (DE9) with power input

Related subjects on this website
Secure smart card
PNVX secure crypto telephone, fax and data products
PFDX fact encryptor
PPSX X.25 data encryptor
Interior
The device is housed in a plastic enclosure. It consists of two plastic case shells that are held together with a single screw, hidden below the white text label at the bottom. After removing the label and the screw, the two case shells can be separated and the interior is exposed.

From the date codes on the various components it seems likely that the device featured here was manufactured in late 1997 or early 1998.

Bottm side with ID tag
Interior
Top side of the PCB
Bottom side of the PCB
Upper side
Bottom side
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Bottm side with ID tag
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Interior
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Top side of the PCB
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Bottom side of the PCB
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Upper side
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Bottom side

Specifications
  • Device
    Smart card reader
  • Purpose
    Read/writing TB-100 smart cards (security tokens)
  • Type
    External
  • Manufacturer
    Philips (France)
  • Reseller
    Philips
  • Model
    PE-122
  • Year
    1997
  • 9594 511 00116
  • Country
    France, Netherlands
  • Predecessor
    PE-112
  • Power
    5V DC
  • Dimensions
    123 × 76 × 27 mm
  • Weight
    104 g
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