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By Rich Handley

STMicroelectronics NFC Tags to Be Certified by NFC Forum

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company, has announced the certification of its ST25 Near Field Communication (NFC) tags by industry and standardization body NFC Forum.

According to ST, its NFC Forum Type 4 Tag IC (ST25TA), Type 5 Dynamic Tag IC (ST25DV) and Type 5 Tag IC (ST25TV) are among the first devices to pass the certification program, announced last month by the NFC Forum (see NFC Forum Incorporates Tags into Its Certification Program). The program assures performance and interoperability of NFC components to ensure "consistent, compelling and connected user experiences," according to the industry group.

Previously available only for handsets, tablets and other NFC Universal devices, the certification program now provides conformance testing for tags and readers to speed up adoption and lower costs. Commercial and consumer users can benefit from such features as direct access to websites, wireless pairing, pre-formatted emails or text messages, data logging and firmware updates.

"The universal endorsement of NFC technology by smartphone and other mobile-device manufacturers, together with interoperability certification by the NFC Forum, has started the countdown on what we expect to be an exciting time for the adoption of NFC by consumers and industry," said Benoit Rodrigues, the general manager of STMicroelectronics' memory division, in a prepared statement. "Fast certification of the ST25 tags and dynamic tags positions us to speed customers through their design and development while ultimately increasing convenience and efficiency for consumers and businesses."

The ST25TA tags support NFC Forum Type 4, enabling use cases such as tags, tokens, smart poster and business cards; they offer 128-bit password protection and include optional user-programmable CMOS output. The ST25DV NFC dynamic tags and ST25TV tags support the NFC Foru Type 5 and industrial ISO 15693 RFID specs; they enable all NFC tag use cases and can be used for logistics and traceability with long-range HF RFID reader infrastructure. The ST25DV also features an I2C interface and can harvest energy from an NFC-enabled device accessing the tag.

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