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Infineon gains support for DCLB

November 12th, 2012

Ten device manufacturers are now using Infineon‘s Digital Contactless Bridge (DCLB) interface to enable a fast and secure connection between an embedded secure element and an NFC modem, the chip maker reports. Licensees include Texas Instruments, Inside Secure, MicroPross, MtekVision, Crocus Technology and Keolabs.

NFC Forum publishes NFC Controller Interface specification

November 12th, 2012

“The availability of the NCI specification is significant because it makes it easier for device manufacturers to integrate chipsets from different chip manufacturers, and it defines a common level of functionality and interoperability among the components within an NFC-enabled device,” says the NFC Forum. More

NXP launches new generation of NFC tags with built-in security features

October 31st, 2012

NXP has launched a new generation of NFC tag chips that feature a range of built-in security features. The NTAG21x family of NFC Forum Type 2 tags features improved RF performance, a range of memory… More

Smartrac adds ultrathin tags

October 31st, 2012

Tag manufacturer Smartrac has announced the introduction of the first ultrathin NFC tags using chips shaved down to just 50 micrometres thick. “RFID chips are typically offered on wafers with a standard thickness of 120µm,”… More

Cirque offers NFC trackpad kit

October 24th, 2012

Capacitive touch technology specialist Cirque has introduced an evaluation kit for its GlidePoint NFC solution, which integrates an NFC antenna directly into the trackpad on a laptop or other personal computing device. “These kits provide all the necessary hardware and software for OEM companies to assess implementing multiple inputs, such as touch and NFC sensing, into their products,” says the company.

NFC Forum publishes NFC Analog technical specification

October 8th, 2012

The new technical specification sets out the short range wireless communication performance requirements for NFC devices and is designed to ensure that any NFC Forum-compliant phone, tablet or other device will work with any other certified device. More

GlobalPlatform adds NFC SIM certification program

October 5th, 2012

For mobile network operators, the introduction reflects industry agreement on a very complex subject matter, says the secure element standards organisation. “For service providers and issuers it provides reassurances that an application will perform as intended regardless of the mobile device being used.” More

Inside Secure to offer cloud-based NFC secure element solution

September 25th, 2012

The NFC and contactless technology specialist has developed a way to turn NFC phones into “secured antennas” that can securely pull down sensitive data stored in the cloud and present it to a POS terminal or a contactless door lock — without the need to include an NFC secure element in the phone. More

Rohde adds NFC measurements

September 21st, 2012

Rohde & Schwartz has released a software package that allows its range of oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers to be used to measure and analyse NFC radio signals. The company’s R&S FS-K112PC software tool measures and displays detailed information about NFC signals from polling and listening devices and works with NFC-A, NFC-B and NFC-C (Felica) protocols.

SimplyTapp proposes secure elements in the cloud

September 19th, 2012

A US-based start-up has developed an alternative approach to storing the sensitive data required to make a transaction with an NFC phone. Rather than placing it in a secure element on the phone, SimplyTapp stores the data in the cloud on a “remote secure element” and passes encrypted transaction data through the phone to a point-of-sale terminal when the user makes a purchase. More

Renesas launches NFC and wireless charging combo

September 18th, 2012

The new three chip solution makes it possible for handset makers to use a single antenna for both NFC and wireless charging, the chip maker says, increasing the charging area while reducing the overall footprint and improving safety. More

IETF proposes NFC P2P security

September 6th, 2012

The Internet Engineering Task Force‘s TLS working group has published a draft document that describes the implementation of the TLS (transport layer security) protocol over the NFC LLCP layer. “LLCPS enforces a strong security in NFC P2P exchanges,” says author Pascal Urien. Producing an IETF draft is the first stage of a process which can lead to the publication of an internet standard.

New library for NFC shield

September 6th, 2012

New software for Seeed Studio’s US$30 NFC shield for Arduino, an add-on that brings NFC functionality to the low cost computing platform via an NXP PN532 controller, has been released. The new library replaces the… More

Pulse introduces NFC antenna with 4cm read range

September 5th, 2012

The new ferrite sheet antenna for NFC phones meets EMVCo’s requirements for a 40mm read range, the component maker says, and can be customized to meet handset manufacturers’ individual requirements. More

TrustNorway picks Bell ID

August 27th, 2012

TrustNorway has chosen Bell ID‘s TSM solution to deliver trusted service management services to customers in northern Europe. “Utilising Bell ID’s solution, TrustNorway will become the Nordic region’s first neutral TSM,” says David Orme, Bell ID’s CEO.

Security researcher to present on NFC at Black Hat

July 25th, 2012

Noted security researcher Charlie Miller is to present the findings from his research into NFC P2P and tag reading vulnerabilities at Black Hat 2012 today. “It turns out that through NFC, using technologies like Android… More

Circuit offers NFC security boost

July 24th, 2012

A memristor-based circuit that spits out a steady stream of true random numbers could hold the key to enhanced security in NFC transactions, reports IEEE Spectrum. The tiny circuit, invented by engineers at the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan, offers the prospect of using small low power devices to generate true random numbers — something that is difficult to do using today’s digital circuits, which typically produce numbers that aren’t completely random, the publication explains.

OTI picks up US patents

July 6th, 2012

Israel-based contactless technology developer On Track Innovations has been granted two new patents. US patent 8,195,236, “Retrofit contactless smart SIM functionality in mobile communicators” covers adding NFC to mobile phones with a SIM+antenna add-on, while US patent 8,186,602, “Multi-application contactless smart card“, deals with supporting multiple applications or payment mechanisms on a single contactless device.

GlobalPlatform releases secure element security specification

June 21st, 2012

Secure element standards body GlobalPlatform has released Secure Element Access Control, a new specification designed to ensure that unauthorised applications residing in a mobile device are unable to communicate with an NFC secure element (SE)…. More

Infineon adds protective diode for NFC antennas

June 6th, 2012

Infineon Technologies has launched a new diode series designed to protect NFC antennas and front-end devices from transient voltage events. The new ESD18VU1B diode series absorbs dangerous electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to the… More

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