The dataMate business unit of Methode Electronics announces the availability of the industry's first program-as-needed electronic key, also known as a "software lock." This device consists of a DB9 connector with an EEPROM housed in a rugged overmolded case. Programmable by either the OEM or by dataMate, this electronic key can be used to enable software or software features, or to store "electronic signatures" such as when a piece of equipment was made, its serial number, its original configuration settings, etc. The electronic key can also be used anywhere a small amount of OEM-programmable, easily-removable data storage is needed.
Due to its ease of programming, the electronic key offers a high degree of flexibility. Each electronic key can be programmed differently, allowing for a high degree of security in software lock applications. In electronic signature applications, it is likely that each electronic key would require a completely different program. The new dataMate electronic key makes this possible.
dataMate is offering its electronic key with a choice of 1K or 2K of EEPROM, in either pre-programmed or un-programmed versions. All units are 100% electronically tested by dataMate. Versions using DB25 and USB connectors will soon be available.