The Future of the Smart Card Just Got Brighter (and whiter): GSI Technologies and NTERA Demonstrate Fully Functional Smart Cards Using NanoChromics™ Displays

Burr Ridge, Illinois and Radnor, Pennsylvania (July 9, 2010) – GSI Technologies and NTERA today announced they have successfully demonstrated the first hot-laminated display card modules using NanoChromics™ display (NCD) technology. The solution, developed by GSI Technologies, is based on NTERA’s NanoChromics display technology printed on a flexible substrate, and driven by a conventional, off-the-shelf microcontroller chip. It is fully compatible with industry-standard hot-lamination plastic card manufacturing, and was demonstrated in conjunction with a leading smart card manufacturer. Featuring a high contrast display with a white background typical of NCD technology, the fully functional six-digit, seven segment display card is the ideal solution for the emerging powered smart card market. Applications will include two factor authentication security solutions such as One Time Passcodes (OTP), financial credit/debit cards, transportation cards and other stored value cards.

The NCD displays were printed by GSI Technologies onto the same flexible substrate upon which a microcontroller is attached. This implementation approach, enabled by fully printing the NCD display, eliminates the need to separately make and attach a display to a module. “Through this process, which we refer to as ‘printegration’, our customers can reduce the number of components and manufacturing steps in products,” explained David Corr, CEO of NTERA. “At scale, the use of printed NanoChromics display technology will result in products with higher levels of quality and lower costs of implementation.”

Echoing these sentiments, Gordon Smith, CTO of GSI Technologies noted, “We are just beginning to reap the benefits printing can deliver to advanced electronic products. In demonstrating a printed, single substrate, hot-laminated card module, we are at the forefront of this printing revolution. We are excited about the technology and GSI’s development capabilities to bring these products to market.”

An overwhelming majority of plastic cards worldwide are produced utilizing hot-lamination production processes. The ability to leverage this industry standard production process is essential to enabling manufacturing capacity, volume and price points that will support mass-market adoption of powered smart cards.

About GSI Technologies
GSI Technologies is a leading manufacturer of functional printing and industrial graphic products. The company’s printed electronics market focus includes medical, display and circuit segments. For more information visit the GSI Technologies website at www.gsitech.com or call 630-325-8181 or write to 311 Shore Drive Burr Ridge, Il 60527.

About NTERA
NTERA, Inc. is the leading developer of advanced, fully printable electrochromic materials enabling Interactive Intelligence for Smart Cards, Smart Objects, and Smart Packaging. NTERA’s NanoChromics™ Ink Systems enable cost effective manufacturing of printed electronic displays on a variety of flexible substrate materials using industry standard printing techniques and equipment. The ultra-thin, low power, color changing NCD™ displays will uniquely address the market needs for security solutions, brand protection and consumer interaction with Smart Products. NTERA, Inc. is based in suburban Philadelphia, PA USA, with research and development facilities in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information on the NTERA please visit www.NTERA.com

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