|TI MSP430 LaunchPad|
The MSP-EXP430G2: MSP430 LaunchPad Value Line Development kit (top)
and the EZ430-RF2500T: MSP430 2.4-GHz Wireless Target Board (bottom).
The VCT BASIC SmartCard developer's kit|
Smart Cards are really single CHIP units, not single board.
They're more like an accelerator or peripheral since they perform operations external to the CPU.
But they're clever cryptographic devices, whether contact-based or contactless.
My masters' thesis started as SmartCards but evolved into a wireless medication compliance device. I still want to follow up and implement SmartCards for data assurance such as digital signatures and encryption.
Smart Cards ought to be a natural companion to Zigbee wireless devices since it includes encryption and security, as well as low power and long battery life.
|This RSA handheld SmartCard reader uses a keypad and LCD to form a 2 factor SecurID authentication token.|
SmartCard reader is a work of art, and really HEFTY with that solid metal ball!|
The American Express card once offered contact based SmartCards, so they gave a free USB or keyboard interfaced card reader for secure online transactions. They even had convenience applets such as saving passwords on the card since it had enough nonvolatile RAM.
Target's SmartCard credit card even allowed loading "virtual coupons" but it didn't catch on.