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CES 2015: Broadcom expands its connected car offerings introduces automotive grade NFC chip

Published: January 12, 2015 | International Consumer Electronics Show 2015

Broadcom Corporation expanded its connected car device offerings with the introduction of a new automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. The highly-integrated chip with tap-to-connect technology simplifies the set-up process for mobile device connectivity within the vehicle and enables comfort and convenience applications such as keyless entry and vehicle settings.

Broadcom Near Field Communication Field

Wireless connectivity inside the car is a critical requirement in transferring content from mobile devices to vehicle infotainment systems. By leveraging NFC technology, drivers can pair a mobile device by simply tapping it against the dashboard, rather than navigating menus on two separate screens. In addition, integration of NFC in a windshield allows an NFC-enabled digital key to exchange data such as authentication, user profile and vehicle information – an application that will be especially useful in simplifying the car rental process. NFC-enabled digital key use can also be extended beyond the vehicle for tasks such as mobile payments and access to restricted buildings or parking garages.

The highly integrated BCM89095 NFC chip joins Broadcom’s growing portfolio of automotive connectivity solutions including its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Smart combo and stand-alone Bluetooth Smart chip. The ultra-low-power, small form factor NFC chip reduces power consumption by 60 percent, uses 30 percent fewer components and a 35 percent smaller board area than previous generation devices. The automotive-grade device is optimized to meet the stringent requirements of the automotive industry including extreme temperature tolerance, AECQ100, ISO9001 and TS16949 manufacturing guidelines.

Key Features of the BCM89095

  • High drive current maximizes the NFC field envelope to simplify pairing
  • Offers automotive temperature Grade 3 (-40°C to +85°C) operation
  • Extends data rates to 848 kbps
  • Active Load Modulation (ALM) next-generation technology reduces antenna size down to very compact sizes
  • Supports Reader/Writer (R/W) mode, Active and Passive Peer (P2P) mode and Tag/Card Emulation mode
  • Enhances Low-Power Target Detection (LPTD) mode for extremely low average current consumption
  • Supports latest NFC Forum specifications, including NFC Controller Interface (NCI 1.1) for host

Of course, networking isn’t just about hard-wired connectivity. On the wireless side, Broadcom is showing how access points, Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) can enhance all of the various networked parts of the car. Broadcom’s Richard Barrett, director of wireless connectivity at Broadcom, noted that the car is becoming an integral part of the wireless ecosystem.

Features such as streaming music and videos from a tablet to a rear-seat screen, tapping a smartphone to open a navigation app on the dash, or making the car a moving Wi-Fi hotspot are all made possible by Broadcom’s wireless technology, he said.

For a peek at Broadcom’s Connected Car demonstration at CES, check out the video below:

Source: Broadcom

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