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Three launches set to ‘seed’ the use of NFC in the embedded industry

NXP is using Embedded World as a platform to boost the prospects of near field communications (NFC) technology in a range of applications.

According to Rafael Sotomajor, SVP of NXP’s secure mobile transactions business, ‘the time is now’ for NFC, but he concedes that further work needs to be done to increase its acceptance. “Different applications will have different requirements, which means, for NXP to help the ecosystem, we need different products.”

Building on an announcement in December 2015, the company is adding two NFC options. NTAG I²C plus is a tag solution that combines passive NFC functionality with an I²C interface, enabling ‘tap to connect’ communication. The tags are said to have better data transfer performance, password protection and an ECC based originality signature.

Meanwhile, the PN7462, 7362 and 7360 single chip solutions integrate an ARM Cortex-M0 MCU, USB and a contact and contactless interface with full NFC support. “There is nothing in the market like these devices,” Sotomajor noted, “and we are looking forward to seeing market acceptance.”

In December, NXP introduced the PN5180, a multiprotocol NFC front end aimed at contact payment applications.

The PN7462 development kit, pictured, features antennas, software, a smartcard reader, three PCBs for antenna matching and 10 PN7462 samples.

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Graham Pitcher

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