Leading semiconductors specialist, ST Microelectronics introduces its second-generation Near Field Communications (NFC) controllers.
The new ICs in combination with ST’s wide Secure Element portfolio will speed up the arrival of a new range of secure contactless apps and services accessible through next-generation smartphones.
Near Field Communication allows smartphones and other mobile appliances to connect wirelessly over a wide range of contactless cards and devices, with mobile payments expected to be a major near-term application for the technology.
With support for reader/writer, peer-to-peer and card-emulation modes, NFC can be used to deliver many additional innovative services and personalised marketing messages through customers’ smartphones.
The ST21NFCA is the new range of NFC controller ICs from ST, supporting all NFC use cases and coordinating multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations, such as the SWP-SIM and SWP-microSD Card or Embedded Secure Element.
The corresponding NFC software stack, running on the terminal host supports all Google Android versions, including the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and will also be available for the forthcoming Microsoft Windows 8 OS. The controller is perfectly compatible with a wide choice of ST Secure Elements.
According to Laurent Degauque, Embedded Security Business Line Manager, Secure Microcontrollers Division, ST Microelectronics, the complete and diversified NFC portfolio now gives the company the unique ability to provide a technical answer to all possible NFC business models, allowing customers to integrate their chosen selection of applications into a smartphone or any mobile device, thereby delivering innovative contactless services quickly and easily for end users.
Key features of ST21NFCA NFC controllers:
- Based on the Secure ARM SC300 32-bit core
- Offers a wide choice of Embedded Flash sizes, ranging from 512Kbytes to 1.2Mbytes
- Meets latest EMVCo and Common Criteria EAL5+ security certifications
- Satisfies advanced Java Card 3.0.1 and Global Platform GP2.2 Secure Operating Systems, enabling shared access to a Secure Element by various service providers
- Secure Element ICs can be used in all possible form factors, covering SWP-SIM, SWP-MicroSD, Embedded Secure Element, and advanced System-in-Package solution
- Entire ST Secure Element portfolio comes with optional support for MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire technologies
- Covers the full range of NFC use cases and requirements for handset manufacturers and Mobile Network Operators in combination with the ST33 product family
- Minimises development effort, reducing time to market and meeting future demands of an evolving NFC market
- Available in package options including 4.5mm x 4.5mm BGA64 or 5mm x 5mm QFN32