ACR88 PIN-Pad Reader

ACR88 is a versatile handheld portable smart card reader, having a built-in keypad, LCD display, bi-color LED and buzzer features. It can also host the feature of non-volatile memory to give better support to your system. In addition, its onboard memory enables future firmware and application enhancements that guarantee against obsolescence.

About ACR88

The ACR88 PIN-pad reader is a versatile handheld portable smart card reader, featuring a built-in keypad, an LCD, a bi-color LED and a buzzer.  Its capability for hosting non-volatile memory brings about better system support, whereas its onboard memory enables future firmware and application enhancements that guarantee against obsolescence.  

ACR88 is a line of secure pocket-sized electronic devices designed primarily for multi-applications. It is capable of performing secure authentication, displaying rich information from the card, and conducting online or offline transaction.

Furthermore, ACR88 is programmable through the ACR88 ScriptBuilder.   With it, users can build their own standalone applications by following user-friendly and well-defined script commands provided by ACS.  There is no more need to program the device in lower level languages or to deal with complicated hardware platform development.  With ACR88 PIN pad reader, one can optimally realize the realm of possibilities that an application has in store!

ACR88 Standard Features

  • Dual Operation Modes:
    • PC-Linked: Smart Card Application Resides in PC (i.e. Application Accessed via USB cable)
    • Standalone: Smart Card Application Residing inside the Device
  • Smart Card Interface Available:
    • 2 Full-Size Contact Card Slots
    • 3 SAM-Size Card Slots
  • Contact smart Card Support:
    • ISO 7816 MCU Cards (Class A, B)
  • Built-In Peripherals:
    • Easy-to-read, graphical LCD with backlight
    • Ergonomic and highly durable keypad
    • 3 Bi-color LED Status Indicator
    • Monotone buzzer with software controlled ON/OFF
    • Real-time clock (RTC) with independent backup battery
    • Tamper Detection Switch to Protect Against Unauthorized Intrusion
  • User Programmable Memory for Standalone Program
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Supports Secure PIN Entry (SPE)
  • Supports PPS (Protocol and Parameters Selection) up to 115,200 bps in reading and writing smart cards

ACR88 Technical Specifications

Dimensions175.00mm (L) x 76.00mm (W) x 31.00mm (H)
Power Source

PC-linked mode: automatically switch to USB bus power, always ON.
Standalone mode: automatically switch to 3 x AAA-size battery power, soft ON/OFF switch

Compliance / Certifications
  • EMV 2000 Level 1, PC/SC, CCID, CE, FCC, RoHS Compliant, USB Full Speed
  • Microsoft WHQL :  2000, 2003,  XP, Vista , 2008, 7
InterfaceUSB full speed
Power ConsumptionLess than 100mA (excluding card power) in standalone mode
Backup BatteryIndependent backup battery (1 x CR2032) for RTC
Supply VoltageRegulated 5V DC
Supply Current< 60mA (without backlight and smart card)
Operating Frequency0-50C
CLK Frequency3.58 MHz
Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO-7816 Class A and B (5V, 3V)
Operating System Support
  • Win 2000, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7, Win Server 2003, Win Server 2008
  • Win XP x64, Win Vista x64, Win 7 x64, Win Server 2003 x64, Win Server 2008 x64, Win Server 2008 R2 x64
  • Mac
  • Linux
Release Date Drivers OS Support Version File Size Notes
  USB Interface

Android 3.1 and above

1.1.4 424 KB
USB Interface

Windows® 7 (for users who did not install required Microsoft Windows Updates and get driver signature error (Code 52)) 5 MB

Linux ®

1.1.5 2 MB

Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12. Mac 10.13

1.1.5 251 KB

Linux®, Mac OS® X

1.1.5 455 KB

Windows® XP, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® 10 2 MB

Linux®, Mac OS® X 10.5, Mac OS® X10.6, Mac OS® X10.7, Mac OS® X10.8, Mac OS® X10.9

1.0.1 261 KB
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR88 PIN-Pad Reader

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR88 PIN-Pad Reader

Application Programming Interface

API driver manual of ACR88 PIN-Pad Reader

Contact Us

Hong Kong Headquarters

Advanced Card Systems Ltd.

Units 2010-2013, 20th Floor

Chevalier Commercial Centre

8 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay.

Hong Kong

Tel: +852-2796-7873

Fax: +852-2796-1286


Japan Office

Advanced Card Systems (Japan) Ltd.

2-17-17, Nagatacho, chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

100-0014 Japan

AIOS Nagatacho Building

Tel: +81-3-6205-7201

Fax: +81-3-6205-7202



Manila Office

ACS Technologies Ltd.

Unit 2106, One San Miguel Avenue Building

San Miguel Avenue cor. Shaw Boulevard

Ortigas Center, Pasig City,


Tel: +632-633-6891

Fax: +632-638-5732


USA Office

Advanced Card Systems (USA) Ltd.

21 Chippenham Drive Voorhees,

NJ 08043


Tel: +1-856-784-7177 / +1-609-332-8593

Fax: +1-416-591-9123


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