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NXP provides automotive NFC technology to car OEMs ••• Michelin adds RFID to commercial truck tires, retreads for fleet management ••• Taoglas unveils 5G antenna series ••• iDTRONIC intros RFID tablet, mobile device ••• Schreiner PrinTronics offers printed RFID sensor platform ••• MetraLabs to present TORY, SCITOS A5 robots at European trade fair.
By Rich Handley
Mar 02, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: NXP Semiconductors; Michelin; Taoglas; iDTRONIC; Schreiner PrinTronics; and MetraLabs.

NXP Provides Automotive NFC Technology to Car OEMs

NXP Semiconductors, a provider of automotive semiconductor solutions, has announced that five original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will equip their future cars with NXP's Near Field Communication (NFC) devices. This technology will enable secure interactions between smartphones and smart cars, the company reports, such as complementary car access, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, personalization and payment.

NFC technology continues to gain momentum with consumers, NXP says, fueled by the popularity of NFC-enabled mobile phones and wearables. NFC devices can interact within smart-city infrastructures to provide secure access to hotel rooms, health clubs, public transport, parking entry, stadiums and smart cars.

In the automotive sector, NFC enables a broad range of smart services. According to NXP, automotive NFC can grant and revoke access to a vehicle on a secure, restricted basis for multiple users, such as family members and friends; provide flexible fleet-management and car-sharing solutions; secure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing; conduct point-of-interest transfer from a smartphone to a car's navigation system; enable in-car purchases; alert a driver regarding maintenance status via over-the-air updates; and adjust a vehicle's personalized settings, such as seats and mirrors.

NXP's NCx3320 is an automotive-grade NFC front-end IC intended to provide secure car access. It offers low-power operation and phone or card detection distance, the firm indicates, making it suitable for exterior car applications like smart-car access. The NCx3320 comes with a generic software library, which is portable across different MCUs, reducing application-development times. It is qualified for -40 degrees to +125 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees to +257 degrees Fahrenheit), and is accompanied by a door handle reference design to lower entry barriers for successful integration of NFC technology.

"Our deep expertise in NFC, security and automotive has made us the trusted advisor to automotive OEMs on applications that securely connect smart cars and smartphones," said Rainer Lutz, NXP's director of new business for secure car access, in a prepared statement. "The NXP NCx3320 further extends our portfolio and the corresponding reference design makes us the competent sparring partner for Tier 1s to build robust solutions even in the most challenging environments."

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