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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

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

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