Castles Technology Co. Ltd. was founded in 1993. This Taiwan-based company stands out in the credit card terminal market for a number of reasons. It is a manufacturer exclusively dedicated to credit card machines, terminals, PIN pads and related peripherals. Unlike many other companies in the market, Castles Technology’s entire business is credit card readers. It is also both a developer and a manufacturer. It designs the card readers and then manufactures them internally. This has allowed them to maintain a high degree of innovation in their product line and provides for shorter product development and upgrade cycles. Castles Technology manages to do all of that with a staff of about 120, making it a streamlined and agile partner for anyone interested in payment processing.
The PCI 100 is Castles Technology’s entry-level PIN pad. It is a compact but full-function keypad, measuring just over 12 cm in length and just under 8 cm in width while featuring a full 15-button keypad and weighing 210 grams. It is equipped with a 32-bit processor with 256K of flash memory and a 128 by 32 pixel backlit LCD display supporting up to four lines of text at 16 characters per line. It can be powered by both 110 and 220V A/C or through a USB connection. Likewise, it supports both RS232 cable connection and USB. The PCI 100 supports TRNG, DES, Triple DES, AES, RSA, MK/SK, DUKPT and Triple DES DUKPT security protocols.
Features & Benefits
As the low-cost PIN pad option from Castles Technology, the PCI 100 seems simple on the surface. It is small, lightweight and durable. With a supported operating environment between 0° and 40° C and between 15% and 90% humidity, it is suitable for all but the most extreme retail environments. The PCI 100’s small screen and calculator-like appearance belie a number of sophisticated features. It supports USB as both a power source and a network connection. Allowing the device to operate from a laptop computer, this is a useful feature, especially for merchants who may not have the luxury of operating a conventional brick-and-mortar storefront. The PCI 100 also supports a wide array of security protocols, allowing the client to choose the one that works best for his or her needs. It is also PCI DSS-certified, meaning it is sufficiently secure for the heavily-regulated North American and European Markets.
The PCI 100 is an excellent credit card machine for someone looking for a low-cost PIN pad that is durable, secure and USB-capable.
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