News about Chips and NFC.
April 10th, 2014
Chip maker Qualcomm has unveiled a new generation of Snapdragon processors aimed at “premium mobile computing devices”. The high-end Snapdragon 810 is “designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics” and provides support for Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and Qualcomm’s IZat location core as well as NFC.
April 1st, 2014
Canadian startup TagTalk has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a range of interactive gift tags that allow the sender to upload a voice note, photo or video that the recipient can access by tapping their…
March 19th, 2014
A new NFC antenna aimed at today’s slimmer smartphones has been introduced by Premo. The ZC1003HF measures 10mm by 10mm by 3.1mm high and uses a z-axis design to reduce board space while offering up…
March 13th, 2014
A startup that aims to create “an ever-expanding line of wearable tech that goes beyond simple NFC” is seeking crowdfunding to produce an NFC-enabled clothing range. Zuzance’s first products are a US$50 hoodie that contains…
March 5th, 2014
Buyers of the new Mini F56 will be able to customize the design of their car key by choosing an official aftermarket ‘key cap’ that supports NFC and will be available from Mini dealers worldwide….
February 27th, 2014
Samsung Electronics has unveiled a third generation of its NFC controller offering at Mobile World Congress. The new chip is the first NFC controller to use the company’s 45nm embedded flash technology, designed to enable easy firmware updates and low power consumption. The solution is now being sampled and will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2014.
February 26th, 2014
Smartrac‘s widely used BullsEye, Midas and Circus NFC tags are now available with NXP’s latest generation Ntag213 chips built in. The new Ntag213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes of user memory with password protection and are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 tag and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards. They also offer UID mirroring, enabling every tag to be easily identified as unique without requiring users to encode tags with serial numbers.
February 26th, 2014
NXP has updated its PN547 NFC controller‘s firmware and middleware to provide enhanced support for host card emulation (HCE) transactions. “NFC to a secure element is ultimately a routing function between the point of sale…
February 11th, 2014
February 10th, 2014
NXP Semiconductors has reported a slowdown in revenue growth for its NFC business in 2013 but says it is optimistic that business will pick up again during the second half of this year. During what…
January 21st, 2014
The global market for NFC handsets is projected to reach 1.6bn units by 2018, according to a new research report from Global Industry Analysts, “driven by growing penetration of mobile phones, continued rise in demand and production of smartphones, rising penetration of NFC in consumer devices, and chip level technology developments.”
January 17th, 2014
Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly. The NFC chips will…
January 10th, 2014
Chip maker NXP has teamed up with smart home specialist EnOcean at CES 2014 to show a solution that uses NFC to make it easy for homeowners to set up and add wireless lighting elements…
January 8th, 2014
Chip maker Marvell has introduced a new quad-radio wireless combo chip for mobile devices that includes support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 1×1 802.11ac WiFi and FM radio. The Avastar 88W8887 is designed to provide “a…
December 11th, 2013
Qualcomm has introduced a 4G LTE chipset that is designed to be used in smartphones costing under US$150 and includes support for NFC. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology and…
December 5th, 2013
The developers of a wristband that features three embedded NFC chips are seeking US$10,000 to put it into production. The Haloband will work with an Android app that allows the user to assign multiple functions — depending on the order in which the tags are tapped — to two of the chips, while the third is used for accessing information stored in a personal cloud account.
November 20th, 2013
Thailand-based NFC designer Silicon Craft Technology has developed a passive NFC transponder chip aimed at the toy, advertising and souvenir markets that harvests energy provided by an NFC interaction and uses it to power sounds…
November 15th, 2013
Inside Secure has redesigned its dual-interface VaultIC 150/150D security module to include a new privacy mode which requires strong authentication to access its contents, complying with the ‘silent by design’ philosophy of the Internet of Things community. The chip, which comes in formats that include NFC tags, can be used to guard against counterfeiting and cloning and, with its field-detect capability and the 150D’s dual interfaces, can act as “a low-cost secure bridge for medical and communications equipment.”
November 13th, 2013
Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics’ FM1930 NFC controller chipset has received NFC Forum certification, the first from a Chinese manufacturer to do so. “Our certification demonstrates the compliance of our NFC controller chipsets and is a key…
September 26th, 2013
“NFiC: A new, economical way to make a device NFC-compliant” has been produced by analog chip specialists AMS and is designed to help device makers understand the full range of options now available for adding NFC functionality to electronic products of all types.