Patent Number: 7,712,659

Title: Card recognition system for recognizing standard card and non-standard card

Abstract: A novel card recognition system includes a computer having a card controller for exchanging data with a standard card that is compliant with a standard and a non-standard card that is not compliant with the standard, and a card adapter for connecting the non-standard card to the computer so that the non-standard card is recognized. The computer or card adapter includes a data converter having an input/output controller for the non-standard card and converting data of the non-standard card into data for the standard card, and an interface having an input/output controller for the standard card and connected to the data converter via a dedicated transmission path. A novel card recognition system includes: a plurality of card management systems, each including a card connector, a first controller, a first multiplexer, a card detector; a second controller; and a second multiplexer to assign the second controller to one card connector.

Inventors: Yamamoto; Hitoshi (Hyogo-ken, JP), Kusakabe; Hiromasa (Hyogo-ken, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G06K 19/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018