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Apple patent reignites iPhone NFC hopes

September 9th, 2013

A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of… More

SD Association introduces new standard for NFC microSD cards

June 12th, 2013

The SD Association has introduced a standard for MicroSD cards containing NFC secure elements. Smart microSD cards will make use of the Single Wire Protocol (SWP), originally introduced as a way to connect SIM cards… More

Bell ID launches NFC secure element in the cloud platform

June 5th, 2013

The new service enables keys, certificates and NFC credentials to be stored securely in a remote location, rather than in the mobile device, is fully compatible with standard EMV contactless payments terminals and enables card issuers to deploy NFC solutions without the need to partner with mobile network operators or other third parties. More

AMS ships NFC interface chip for electronic devices

May 15th, 2013

Chip maker AMS has announced full availability of a new NFC chip which is designed to be integrated into a wide range of electronic devices to enable them to interact with NFC phones. The AS3953,… More

AMS launches Active Boost AFE chip that can add NFC to standard mobile phones

March 7th, 2013

“Active Boost technology from AMS changes the game because it enables NFC to become a ‘plug and play’ function for any device with a microSD, SD or SIM card slot,” says AMS’ Mark Dickson. More

Watchdata ships NFC-on-a-SIM

February 27th, 2013

Watchdata Technologies has announced the commercial availability of SIMpass SC, an all-in-one NFC SIM solution that incorporates an NFC antenna within a SIM card form factor. The product was unveiled at the 2012 Mobile World Congress. “This allows any mobile handset to be transformed into a contactless NFC payment device by simply changing the SIM card,” the company says.

GlobalPlatform updates NFC messaging specification

February 27th, 2013

GlobalPlatform has updated its System Messaging Specification for Management of Mobile-NFC Services to more specifically address how service providers can connect and communicate with other actors operating within the NFC ecosystem. The specification was introduced in… More

Identive powers NFC at MWC Connected City

February 25th, 2013

Identive’s Tagtrail NFC platform is being used in deliver information to visitors to the GSMA’s Connected City exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2013. “The Connected City will be filled with brand-new products and experiences that will… More

Surface Labs adds NFC to interactive bar

February 24th, 2013

Multi-touch display specialist Surface Labs International (SLI) is demonstrating an NFC-enabled interactive bar at Mobile World Congress 2013. The bar counter is equipped with 3D projectors and tracking equipment to give an interactive experience that can… More

NXP adds PUFs to NFC

February 23rd, 2013

Chip maker NXP has licensed Intrinsic ID‘s Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) technology for use with its SmartMX2 smart card and secure element chips. “PUFs are an innovative way of safeguarding individual chips from data theft by using the unique ‘fingerprint’ inherent in every semiconductor device to protect its encryption key, making it very hard to clone and thus reverse-engineer and compromise security microcontrollers” says NXP.

Pulse launches ultra-thin NFC antenna

February 20th, 2013

The electronic components maker has introduced a ferrite sheet NFC antenna for mobile phones which, it says, is 40% thinner than comparable products available today. More

Tizen 2.0 ships with NFC

February 19th, 2013

Version 2.0 of the Tizen open source mobile operating system is now available and developers can download the source code and SDK from the Tizen website. Tizen is based on Linux, includes support for NFC and is backed by major mobile network operators, device and component makers including Intel, Huawei, Samsung, Orange and NTT Docomo.

Inside Secure launches all-in-one NFC hardware package for consumer electronics devices

February 18th, 2013

ComboPulse “is a drop-in, zero-tuning solution that makes it easy and inexpensive to add NFC functionality into a broad range of mainstream consumer electronic products, including tablets, entry-level mobile phones, personal media players and other smart mobile devices,” says the NFC chip specialist.  More

Z10 packs Inside NFC chip

February 13th, 2013

A teardown of the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone conducted by TechInsights shows that the device’s NFC functionality is provided by an Inside Secure SecuRead NFC controller and secure element module. Earlier BlackBerry NFC phones also used chips from Inside Secure for NFC.

The new issue of Mobile Wallet Outlook is now out

February 11th, 2013

The January/February issue of the monthly trends bulletin from the NFC World team’s business intelligence service examines the impact on the mobile wallet market of the new Facebook Card, the arrival of NFC in the home and the latest mobile wallet business developments from around the world. More

MediaTek launches NFC controller that can support three secure elements

January 15th, 2013

“A possible usage scenario could be a dual SIM plus one microSD card configuration in one device,” the Taiwan-based chip maker says. “It’s a great way to empower ecosystem players to launch their NFC services right away by enabling more flexible business models.” More

UL gets GP certification

January 7th, 2013

GlobalPlatform has qualified two UL test tools, the Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Mapping Guidelines and the Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform SWP and HCI. “The qualification of these test suites results in UL offering a full portfolio of GlobalPlatform-qualified test suites that completely ensure the interoperability of smart cards or secure elements within the GlobalPlatform ecosystem,” says UL, which acquired Collis in 2012.

Broadcom sets its sights on a billion NFC devices

December 11th, 2012

The connectivity chip maker has launched the BCM43341, a combo chip that combines NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio and is designed to meet ever increasing demand from mass market mobile phone and consumer electronics device makers. More

Google picks Broadcom for NFC in Nexus 4 and Nexus 10

November 14th, 2012

The new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile phone and tablet reference devices make use of a Broadcom NFC controller chip instead of the NXP chips Google used in earlier models. Broadcom has also contributed its NFC software stack to the Android Open Source Project. More

Fingerprint Cards adds biometric verification to Infineon secure element

November 13th, 2012

Biometric authentication specialist Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has announced it has integrated its fingerprint verification algorithm and swipe sensor technology into Infineon‘s embedded secure element chip. “FPC’s solution is uniquely positioned to work in a secure… More

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