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NXP sets NFC innovation for cars with its automotive qualified NFC portfolio

Published: November 4, 2014 | The Netherlands

NXP Semiconductors has expanded its NFC (Near Field Communication) portfolio to the automotive industry. With the launch of a complete portfolio of automotive-qualified NFC products, NXP enables drivers and passengers to securely connect to the quickly growing NFC ecosystem. The new product line-up ranges from NFC tags and transceivers to the new flagship, high-end NFC controller, the NCF3340.

NCF3340 is the company’s first automotive qualified NFC Controller Interface (NCI)-based NFC controller. Applying NCI, a specification created by the NFC Forum, the NCF3340 provides interoperability with other NFC components to save development time and ultimately allow car OEMs to bring their NFC-enabled applications to market faster. NCF3340 is optimized for high sensitivity and low power consumption. It supports all three operation modes: Read/Write, Peer-to-Peer, and Card Emulation.

The automotive NFC market is rapidly emerging, driven by services like car sharing, corporate fleet management, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, and the demand for personalization inside the car. Further use cases, such as car access and engine start via NFC-enabled smartphones in addition to traditional car keys, are also in development. Automotive NFC can connect vehicles and car keys to portable devices and infrastructure, opening up the possibility for a broad range of connectivity innovations, for example, payment services or connected displays.

“With the introduction of this complete automotive NFC portfolio, we’re taking our market leadership position and deep experience in NFC to the automotive industry, thus enabling seamless and secure connectivity between consumer electronics devices and the car.”Kurt Sievers, executive vice president, general manager automotive business, NXP Semiconductors

Technical features:

  • Automotive qualified NFC Controller with NCI interface and embedded RF contactless front-end
  • High sensitivity for a convenient communication range and enhanced user experience
  • Capability to work in active load modulation supporting small antenna form factors for maximum freedom of design
  • Low power consumption
  • NFC Forum and EMVCo compliant
  • Integrated ARM Cortex M0 Core supporting NCI interface communication
  • Powerful NFC Front End supporting transmission modes NFC-DEP (P2P mode), NFCIP-2, ISO/IEC 14443, ISO/IEC 15693, ISO/IEC18000-3, MIFARE and FeliCa specifications.

The NCF3340 controller is available for sampling and will be released at the end of 2014.

Source: NXP Semiconductor

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