lightsmart the perfect solution for the rapidly
expanding smart card market
February 20, 2001 - An independent forecast by respected
American analyst SJB Services shows that 3.8 billion smart cards were
in circulation in the year 2000, reflecting an annual increase of 52 percent,
states Chris Turner, Managing Director of Digital Communication Technologies
(DCT), whose product lightSmart, a cost effective high-performance
smart card platform for Javacard 2.1.1, is set to provide smart card developers
with one of the most highly cost-effective platforms to capitalize on
this rapidly growing market.
Based on DCTs 32-bit lightfoot microprocessor core, lightSmart
offers unsurpassed code density, a small system memory footprint and ultra
low power, making it the ideal solution for the smart card market where
system resources, performance and power consumption are key.
lightSmart is available under license from DCT and offers a full
Javacard 2.1.1 solution at an unbeatable price/performance point. DCT
delivers the 32-bit microprocessor core with a tailored real-time run
time environment, plus compilers for both Java and C languages, as well
as a full suite of development tools.
The processing capabilities required for smart cards have increased
with the advent of open platform, multi-application smart cards,
says Matt Kubiczek, Chief Architect, DCT. Costs are critical in
this market and lightSmart will allow our customers to make considerable
savings, while still providing the functionality and efficiency needed
for future generations of these devices.
lightSmart also offers extremely tight security, making it particularly
relevant for smart money transactions, a market sector which
is expected to see rapid growth in the coming years as consumers move
increasingly towards smart card use at the point of payment or sales outlet.
Smart cards have become established as a major part of the networked
commercial marketplace, combining the functions of purses, credit cards,
coupons and data for personalized settings, concludes Turner. The
smart card is likely to become the most powerful presence in the digital
world and nobody should ignore its potential impact upon business.