Jet’s new iCLONE machine is designed to program most existing transponder systems while having the ability to be upgraded as new electronics evolve. Jet Hardware literature explains that the iCLONE was developed “to cater for future developments with ever expanding technology of transponders...
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Jet’s new iCLONE machine is designed to program most existing transponder systems while having the ability to be upgraded as new electronics evolve. Jet Hardware literature explains that the iCLONE was developed “to cater for future developments with ever expanding technology of transponders within automotive vehicle systems... Once the main unit is purchased, the functionality can be expanded by adding additional software.”
Transponder security for North American vehicles began with Ford during the 1996 model year. For the 2012 model year, those new vehicles that are not equipped with a transponder based engine immobilizer system are rare.
Over the years, a handful of companies have furnished the original transponders for vehicles. These companies include Temic, Megamos, Motorola, Philips and Texas Instruments. The Jet iCLONE transponder programmer is equipped to clone the majority of existing vehicles equipped with transponder systems.
Transponder types can be generally divided into two categories, fixed code and encrypted. The vehicles’ make, model and year usually identify the manufacturer and the type of transponder. Jet Hardware has a full line of transponder-equipped key blanks including those with non-clonable and clonable transponders.
Jet Hardware offers non-clonable transponder equipped key blank part numbers that end with “-PHT”, indicating Plastic Head Transponder. Clonable transponder equipped key blanks whose part number ends with “-N-PHT”. These standard one- and two-piece construction key blanks are used for operating most fixed code and encrypted transponder systems. Examples would be B107-N-PHT or the Y160-N-PHT.
Jet Hardware also offers two-piece iCLONE transponder-equipped key blanks with removable heads. While many vehicles continue to use the same keyway, the electronics have been changed to increase the security level over the years. The iCLONE two-piece key blanks allow locksmiths to mix and match Jet key blades with different removable electronic heads and transponders as needed. This mix and match option keeps inventory down while enabling the largest number of applications. Jet two-piece iCLONE key blanks are used to operate Texas Instruments fixed code and encrypted, and the Philips encrypted (Crypto 46) transponders. An example of the new transponder equipped iCLONE key blank is the FT70-ETK-N. The FT70-ETK-N is for the new Fiat 500.
The Jet iCLONE machine includes a PC software program. While many functions can be completed by using the iCLONE as a standalone by following the instructions on the LED screen, some cloning functions do require the Jet software. The LED main menu screen displays: 1. Identification, 2, Copy, 3, Write Code, 4, Special Function, 5, Test & 6, Setting. A keyboard on the iCLONE contains numbers 1-0, letters A-F & X, up/down arrow keys and a ‘next’ arrow key.
Most vehicle manufacturers have experimented with many different chips and used several different chip manufacturers depending on the car model and year. A transponder catalog is included in the iCLONE software. Transponder types are displayed by year and model.
IDENTIFICATION: With the arrow marker aligned at ‘Identification’ on the iCLONE LED screen, place an owner’s key into the reading area. The owner’s key will be quickly identified, showing the electronics encoding, the chip type, and most importantly, whether the key can be cloned.
Fixed code transponders such as types 11,12,13, & T5 can be cloned by first aligning the indicator at ‘COPY’ on the LED screen. Place the operating key into the reading area, then press the ‘next’ button on the keypad. Remove the original key and press the ‘next’ button. The LED screen will indicate what type of transponder to use. Insert the correct transponder key into the reading/writing area and press the ‘next’ button. In a few moments, the LED screen will display “successful”.
Transponder keys “less chip” can be a practical way to replace transponder-equipped keys that are worn or broken.
This upgrade enables the Smart-Clone to clone specific automotive cryptographic transponders from Chrysler, Ford, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.