Optical Coin recognition
Microelectronics allows recognition of Euro coins
Technologies used

    mixed signal ASIC

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    332 Instruments and appliances for measuring, checking, testing, etc.

ACT produces OEM coin handling and smartcard systems. The optical coin recognition system is based on a microcontroller PCB using SMD technology. It is capable of detecting a limited number of different coins, typically 9 within a time considered as acceptable. In order to increase the maximum number of possible coins, the company with 34 employees of which 6 are electronic engineers, has designed a mixed signal ASIC with a higher detection performance. The new recognition systems are required when euro coins are introduced, since then there will be a large variety of different coins. The system today is built with discrete components. With the ASIC they intend to increase the performance (3 times more coins recognised), lower the price to below 10.- Euro per chip and reduce the power consumption to about 60%. Additionally they intend to increase the reliability of the system.
So the now built system is ready for the different EURO coins to handle.
In the application experiment ACT learnt how to set up a large ASIC project and how to specify, design and test an ASIC.
The duration of the application experiment was 10 months, it costs 100,000 Euro. The payback period will be in about 2 years. The ROI is expected to be 250%. The project will be of interest for companies involved in embedded control design.


    Angewandte Computertechnik (ACT) GmbH
    Köpenicker Straße 325
    D-12555 Berlin

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