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MPI enters NFC tag market

November 14th, 2011

Label manufacturer MPI has added NFC tags to its RFID product line. Shauna Bardo, general manager for RFID, says, “NFC tags provide opportunity for companies to present their promotional items and new product launches with added depth in sales analysis. It also gives consumers a new dimension in product interaction.” MPI Label Systems employs more than 550 staff at nine manufacturing facilities and 35 sales offices across the US.

Motorola Droid Razr to offer NFC?

November 14th, 2011

A teardown of the new Motorola Droid Razr conducted for Engadget has discovered that the smartphone includes an NXP PN544 NFC controller chip. Engadget notes, however, that “the Linux driver is present, but hardware appears to be missing or misconfigured.”

Clear2Pay tests payment apps

November 10th, 2011

Clear2Pay has released its MPA Test Solution test tool, used to confirm that new mobile payment applications comply with industry standards. The tool runs a set of scenarios to verify mobile application user interfaces and over-the-air communications with mobile gateways. Companies seeking certification for mobile applications can submit an output file from the tool as proof of compliance, simplifying the certification process.

Sony enters NFC controller market

November 10th, 2011

The electronics giant’s new NFC controller chip will enable mobile phone makers to manufacture devices that support both international NFC standards and Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service. More

HTC Edge with NFC on its way?

November 8th, 2011

The HTC Edge may be the most powerful smartphone to date and will include NFC, according to a report from BGR about the as-yet unannounced phone. The Android handset is reported to have a quad-core 1.5GHz… More

LG’s Prada K2 adds style to NFC

November 8th, 2011

LG’s latest designer handset comes with NFC and has just passed through FCC approval in the US. The Prada K2, also referred to as the LG-P940, is the Korean phone maker’s first Android-based NFC device,… More

Acer to include NFC in all its Android phones

November 8th, 2011

The company’s new Liquid Express NFC smartphone supports both tag reading and mobile payments — and, the company says, NFC will now be included in all its future Android phones. More

NFC goes green: New ST chips use energy harvesting to replace the need for batteries

November 8th, 2011

The new wireless memory chips harvest the energy generated from NFC and RFID actions to power up small devices so that a battery or other power supply no longer needs to be included. More

Aconite adds secure NFC app manager

November 3rd, 2011

Smart card and secure element specialist Aconite has launched an NFC mobile application manager aimed at secure NFC service providers such as banks, transportation operators and card personalisation agencies. The Aconite Mobile Application Manager can… More

Galaxy S II Cityzi lands in France

October 27th, 2011

The NFC version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone is now shipping in France. The Galaxy S II Cityzi  is available from Orange and can be had for as little as €79 on a two year contract or bought SIM free for €639 (US$894).

Comprion’s UT3 approved for SWP/HCI tests

October 26th, 2011

Mobile test equipment specialist Comprion’s UT3 platform for single wire protocol (SWP) and host controller interface (HCI) NFC conformance testing has been approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The product is the first to… More

NFC Forum picks Broadcom for device certification testing

October 26th, 2011

The NFC Forum has chosen to use Broadcom‘s recently announced BCM2079x NFC controller chips to validate its NFC device certification test suite. The NFC Forum Certification Program, introduced in December 2010, provides device manufacturers with… More

PC app writes NFC tags

October 25th, 2011

NFC tag and equipment supplier has released a Windows application that enables the user to read and write basic NFC tags using a desktop computer. The US$75 Gototags software “is good for small run encoding and it’s the perfect solution for presentations and prototypes of NFC functionality,” says the firm.

Winckel launches range of NFC tags

October 24th, 2011

RFID tag manufacturer Waldemar Winckel has launched a portfolio of NFC-capable smart tags and labels under the Identytag brand, aimed at applications ranging from brand protection to mobile marketing to location-based services. The Identytag range… More

Kimtag releases dual NFC and QR code stickers

October 24th, 2011

NFC tag vendor Kimtag has launched a line of stickers containing both an NFC tag and a QR code. The stickers, called TwinConnect, are available in in both standard and window sticker formats and a… More

Windows phones to get NFC in 2012

October 20th, 2011

WP7 phones will be able to support NFC functionality, including mobile payments, from next year. More

Android Ice Cream Sandwich adds NFC P2P and biometric security

October 19th, 2011

Android 4.0 includes an NFC peer-to-peer sharing technology called Android Beam and a facial biometric technology called Face Unlock that replaces the need to enter a PIN to unlock a phone. More

Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus NFC phone

October 19th, 2011

The new NFC phone is designed to provide a “pure Google” experience, runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4.65-inch display. More

Panasonic shows off NFC tablets

October 14th, 2011

Panasonic has announced a pair of ruggedised Android 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’ tablets designed for business use that will come with NFC as standard. The 7-inch BizPad is to be released in Japan in December, with a 10.1-inch version shipping in January 2012.

iDtronic offers phone stickers

October 13th, 2011

German RFID specialist iDtronic has launched a range of NFC stickers designed to be attached to the back of non-NFC phones. The flexible stickers, which feature a special layer to allow them to work when applied to a metal surface, can accommodate NXP contactless chips ranging from Mifare Ultralight through DesFire EV1 to SmartMX.

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