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By Beth Bacheldor

NXP Engineers Nominated for European Inventor Award 2015 for NFC Work

Two engineers—Austrian Franz Amtmann and Frenchman Philippe Maugars, who were both instrumental in inventing Near Field Communication (NFC) technology—have been nominated as finalists for the European Inventor Award 2015, according to the European Patent Office.

Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars
Co-invented by researchers working at NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors) and Sony in 2002, NFC technology now connects hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics. Amtmann, who has been part of first Philips Semiconductors and now NXP for nearly 25 years, led a team of engineers that helped design the contactless communication technology at NFC's core. He has been involved in more than 50 patents or patent filings dealing with RFID.

Maugars worked for Philips and NXP for 30 years as a software developer for consumer electronics products, and was instrumental in the development of NFC and its applications. He, along with Patrice Gamand, patented a method for ensuring a secure connection within an NFC circuit. Maguars, a trained mathematician and former university math professor, joined Philips in 1983. Throughout his 30-year career, Maugars' work has spanned fields ranging from smart card readers to solid-state lighting and cellular communications systems. He is an inventor or co-inventor on more than 25 patents. In 2013, Maugars started his own company, which cooperates closely with NXP.

Thirteen others have been nominated in five categories for the 10th edition of the European Inventor Award. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Paris on June 11, 2015.

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