News about Chips.
July 3rd, 2015
Pictures of a circuit board believed to be part of the next iPhone show the device includes a different NFC chip from NXP. Images published by 9to5Mac reveal the company’s 65V10 part, used in the iPhone 6, has been replaced by a new IC labelled 66VP2. NFC World has reached out to NXP for clarification of the capabilities of the chip, likely to be a version of the PN66T NFC controller launched in November 2014.
July 3rd, 2015
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have invented a method of embedding NFC chips into yarns which are then woven and knitted to make fabrics for clothing. The chips could be used to provide enhanced security…
June 18th, 2015
Mobile gaming provider Supenta is raising funds on Kickstarter for an NFC-enabled smartphone case with a built-in game controller that fits on to a smartphone device and uses energy harvesting technology to power its components….
June 16th, 2015
Mobile location and proximity services provider Gimbal has begun licensing its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon firmware to enable almost any device with BLE to act as a beacon — including ATMs, jukeboxes, access points,…
June 9th, 2015
Chip maker Broadcom has licensed Mifare, the widely deployed protocol for contactless ticketing, transportation and access applications. “With this adoption, Broadcom supports a growing set of NFC and related payment applications in mobile phones, tablets and wearable devices,” the company says, “to enable OEMs to integrate a wide array of applications that deliver a simplified and consolidated user experience for payments, access and contactless ticketing.”
June 3rd, 2015
PARTNER NEWS: NXP has introduced a component designed to protect NFC chips in mobile devices from voltage spikes. At just 0.6 by 0.3 by 0.3 mm the PESD18VF1BSF is ideal for space constrained applications such as smartphones, says the company. “NFC antennas are integrated into the battery’s cover or the battery itself, and are connected to the IC (integrated circuit) via small contacts on the phone,” explains NXP. “These contacts can act as entry points for ESD (electrostatic discharge) strikes which are potentially hazardous to the NFC controller IC.”
June 1st, 2015
Google has unveiled Project Vault, a hardware and software isolated environment in the form of a microSD card that stores the user’s sensitive data and comes equipped with NFC for authorisation. “Project Vault is a…
May 27th, 2015
PARTNER NEWS: AMS’ AS3914 NFC reader IC has been selected by automotive equipment supplier Marquardt for its new series of contactless door lock and ignition control modules due, says the chip maker, to the chip’s…
May 21st, 2015
PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has launched an NFC interface chip (NFiC) that offers “unique energy harvesting and data transfer capabilities” and can capture enough energy to power the device it is built into. The…
May 7th, 2015
Some 32% of all chip card-present transactions conducted globally between January and December 2014 used the EMV chip card standard, EMVCo has revealed, with adoption rates of EMV payment cards increasing in every region worldwide to total 3.4bn by the end of last year.
May 6th, 2015
Contactless technology was built into more than 42% of smart payment cards shipped in 2014, up from 37% in 2013, the Smart Payment Association has revealed. More than 2.05bn chip payment cards were shipped around the world last year, just three years after global shipments exceeded the one billion mark in 2011. Growth in the Chinese and US markets contributed to the increase, says the association.
May 6th, 2015
AMS has won a Sesames award in the emerging payments category at Cartes America for its AS39230 BoostedNFC IC, the chip used by Apple in its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch devices. The boosted analog front end chip can “secure NFC mobile payments by delivering unparalleled NFC performance, even in devices with room for only a tiny antenna,” AMS says.
May 5th, 2015
Qualcomm Technologies is working with NXP to integrate NXP’s NFC and embedded secure element (eSE) solutions into reference designs for its Snapdragon 800, 600, 400 and 200 processor-based platforms, mobile chipsets which already lie at…
March 13th, 2015
Swatch will launch its first watch containing an NFC chip within two months, CEO Nick Hayek has announced — and deals signed with China UnionPay as well as one other payments network mean that owners…
March 12th, 2015
Square has bought Kili Technology, the Canada-based mPOS startup that acquired NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity in November 2014. Together, says Square, “we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business”.
March 11th, 2015
NXP Semiconductors has showcased a proof-of-concept connected car that makes use of long-range UHF RFID tags and NFC to help drivers of the future access and pay for restricted parking spaces, get warnings of traffic…
March 2nd, 2015
PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has produced a new tool to help developers quickly build apps that utilise the embedded secure element in the company’s PN66T NFC module. The Secure Service Development Platform (SSDP) allows…
February 12th, 2015
Medical staff can now use an NFC phone to check that vaccines, hormones and other biopharmaceutical products have been kept at the correct temperature throughout the supply chain, using a disposable temperature logging foil that…
February 11th, 2015
Samsung is to require companies that manufacture accessories for the forthcoming Galaxy S6 mobile phone to include NFC-enabled authentication chips in their products, according to DDaily. “The chips will be used in phone cases like…
February 6th, 2015
Chip maker NXP will focus on the “significant” Chinese market for mobile wallets, the firm’s CEO has said, as the company revealed a 40% increase in sales for its emerging ID business in a fourth…