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Tyfone offers licenses for NFC-on-microSD tech

May 21st, 2012

Two patents that relate to miniaturising NFC antennas to fit within microSD cards and other small form factors are now available for licensing. US based NFC-on-microSD pioneer Tyfone has secured further patents that it says… More

TEE specs announced

May 18th, 2012

GlobalPlatform has released two specification documents for use by software developers working with trusted execution environments. TEE Systems Architecture v1.0 explains the hardware and software architectures involved, while the TEE Internal API Specification v1.0 sets out how to develop trusted applications.

Taoglas offers NFC antennas

May 11th, 2012

Antenna specialist Taoglas has launched two off-the-shelf ‘peel and stick’ NFC antennas. The FXR.01, a flexible polymer antenna designed for use in M2M devices, measures 54mm by 37mm by 0.1mm and provides an average read distance of 5cm. The smaller FXT.01 is designed for use in passive tags and requires no additional matching components. The company also offers custom NFC antenna design services.

Ericsson launches NFC TSM development kit

May 8th, 2012

Global mobile commerce platform provider Ericsson IPX has announced an NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM) development kit that allows secure NFC application developers to test their apps in a live, controlled environment. The development kit… More

New report provides an in-depth guide to NFC technologies and systems

April 16th, 2012

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, allows business executives to get up to speed quickly and easily with the current status and future developments in NFC tags, phones, secure elements, mobile wallets, OTA platforms, contactless terminals, TSMs and more. More

Sony scans dabs with screens

April 4th, 2012

Phone maker Sony has applied for a patent which could see fingerprint sensors and cameras built into mobile phone screens. “Many technology analysts predict that mobile phones fitted with near field communication (NFC) technology will be used in place of credit cards to buy goods in the near future,” points out a BBC News report. “To feel safe with the idea consumers may demand that their phone’s security checks are more robust than a four-digit pin code.”

NFC testing specialists Soliatis and Raisonance merge

March 7th, 2012

Testing and certification specialists Raisonance and Soliatis have merged to form a new company called Keolabs that will offer end-to-end testing and certification solutions for smart cards and secure components on a global basis. “In… More

GlobalPlatform to put consumers in control of NFC mobile wallets

March 6th, 2012

The secure chip standards body is working on a new approach to the management of NFC secure elements that would allow consumers to pick their own ‘trusted token’ and appoint their own secure service provider. More

NXP adds SmartMX2 SE

February 27th, 2012

Chip maker NXP has announced a new secure element platform which is form factor agnostic and incorporates the company’s next-generation SmartMX2 technology. The new platform “brings passport level security, smart card performance and multi-applications capability to the SIM market” for the first time, says NXP.

NXP unveils next-generation PN547 NFC controller

February 27th, 2012

The new PN547 offers twice the read/write range of its existing PN544 controller chip, is half the size, uses half the power and communicates at five times the speed. More

TazTag unveils first Android phone with NFC and ZigBee

February 26th, 2012

French Zigbee and NFC specialist Taztag is to unveil the first Android phone to include support for both NFC and Zigbee wireless communications at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. “The TPH-One is… More

Arm to add NFC mobile wallet support

February 10th, 2012

Mobile phone chip leader Arm is working with Proxama to create secure future payment mechanisms for mobile handsets, the UK-based NFC specialist has announced. The two companies are working together to integrate Arm’s TrustZone technology, which creates… More

GlobalPlatform explains TEE

February 10th, 2012

GlobalPlatform is to publish a series of guides that aim to explain in simple terms the technology developments it is working on and how they will benefit the industry. The first focuses on the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), a secure area that resides in the main processor of a smart phone or other mobile device and ensures that sensitive data is stored, processed and protected in a trusted environment.

Tizen preview unveiled

January 24th, 2012

The Linux Foundation has published a Tizen SDK preview to give application developers a pre-release look at the new mobile operating system. Tizen, a free open source OS based on Linux, is the successor to Meego and will support NFC. Development is led by members of the Tizen Association, which include Intel, Samsung, NTT Docomo, SK Telecom, Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica.

OTI gets SIM+antenna patent

January 24th, 2012

On Track Innovations (OTI) has been granted a US patent on its SIM+antenna NFC technology. US patent 8,090,407, “Contactless Smart SIM”, describes several ways of adding NFC to an existing mobile handset using a special SIM card and an attached antenna.

GlobalPlatform and SIMalliance team up on NFC apps

January 4th, 2012

GlobalPlatform and SIMalliance have announced they are to work together to create a standard way for mobile app developers to securely include calls to NFC secure elements from within their programs. The memorandum of understanding… More

GSM Association issues new NFC handset requirements

December 19th, 2011

The mobile network operators’ association has published new specifications which could give carriers a major advantage over competing mobile wallet providers but, the GSMA says, the changes are due to technical rather than commercial reasons.  More

New report maps out the current status and future trends in the NFC market

December 15th, 2011

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, sets out the current state of play in the international NFC market, explains the critical factors for success, identifies the issues that remain to be resolved and analyses the opportunities for growth in the year ahead. More

No NFC in Windows Phone — yet

December 12th, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” does not support NFC, Microsoft has told NFC World. The confirmation follows a report on Friday that the company had already designed NFC into Windows phones. “While near field communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year,” said the firm, re-iterating plans announced by Andy Lees, Microsoft’s president of Windows Phone, in October.

Gemalto gets NFC SIM certification

November 22nd, 2011

Gemalto has become the first smart card provider to get GlobalPlatform certification for an NFC SIM product, following the launch of GlobalPlatform’s compliance programme earlier this year. The smart card and SIM supplier picked testing… More

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