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By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Introduces BullsEye NFC Tag With Sony FeliCa Lite-S Chip

Smartrac has announced a new version of its Near Field Communication (NFC) BullsEye tag featuring Sony's FeliCa Lite-S chip. The new tag provides 224 bytes of user memory and an enhanced security feature that enables mutual authentication by message authentication code (MAC), Smartrac reports, making it suitable for all typical non-payment NFC applications.

Smartrac's BullsEye_Sony_FeliCa_Lite-S
First announced in late 2011, Sony's FeliCa Lite-S chip is a smaller, faster and more secure update to the low-cost FeliCa Lite chip for NFC tags and stickers, Smartrac says. In addition to its enhanced security features, the chip also offers an "anti-broken transaction function" that detects data errors and prevents incomplete or damaged information from being used, according to the company.

The BullsEye NFC tag with Sony FeliCa Lite-S chip supports a variety of application areas, such as electronic pairing, gaming, smart posters, loyalty and product authentication. The tag complies with the NFC Forum's Type 3 tag standard, as well as the ISO 18092 standard, which defines the RFID interface and protocol for Near Field Communication. It is also compatible with the existing Sony FeliCa Lite-S infrastructure, delivers data rates of up to 212 or 424 kilobits per second (auto switching is supported), and is NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) pre-formatted.

Like all of Smartrac's BullsEye NFC tags, the new Sony FeliCa Lite-S-based version is a circular tag with a die-cut diameter of 38 millimeters (1.5 inches) and an antenna diameter of 35 millimeters (1.38 inches), providing the appropriate performance ratio for NFC mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, the company reports.

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