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By Beth Bacheldor

NXP Unveils NFC RFID Chips for Next-Gen Applications

NXP Semiconductors has announced Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions that it says are designed to drive innovation for embedded systems in smart-home, access-management and home-banking applications.

According to the company, the new NTAG I²C plus, which extends the family of connected tag solutions that combines passive NFC with I²C interfaces, is designed to enable NFC commissioning and simple "tap-to-connect" communications between smart devices and the home network. The new tags deliver increased data-transfer performance, NXP reports, and include advanced features for password protection, full memory-access configuration from both interfaces, and an ECC-based originality signature for protection against cloning. The tag is compliant with the NFC interface ISO/IEC 14443A Part 2 and 3 and NFC Forum Type 2 Tag specifications, providing full interoperability with every NFC-enabled device, the company says. It offers zero-power operation with non-volatile data storage.

The NTAG I²C Explorer Kit is an all-in-one demo kit (OM5569/NT322E, OM5569/NT322ER) that includes a ready-to-use demonstrator, as well as comprehensive evaluation tools for all NTAG I²C plus functionalities that are further complemented by a thorough set of tools, such as an Android Library from the Mifare software development kit (SDK) that allows customers to develop Android apps.

NXP has also introduced the PN7462, an integrated family of single-chip solutions combining a low-power ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller core, USB capability, and a contact and contactless interface with full NFC support and capabilities. The PN7462 family is suitable for such applications as corporate access, hospitality or home banking, NXP says, as it integrates a myriad of technologies, supports the complete Mifare product portfolio and comes with an NFC Forum and EMVCo 2.5-compliant software library. According to NXP, the PN7462 family features its Dynamic Power Control (DPC) to ensure robust communication even in harsh environments, which can enable quick product development and certification.

The NTAG I²C plus and the PN7462 family, combined with the recently launched PN5180 front end, are an important part of NXP's strategy to enable the industry to develop and deliver compelling NFC use cases for smarter and more secure connections, NXP explains. The NTAG I²C plus is available now through all major NXP distributors. The PN7462 family is expected to become available for mass production in April 2016.

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