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Philips, Sony define next-gen RF communication

Posted: 10 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:near field RF communication technology? mobile phones? digital cameras? PDA? PC?

Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corp. have partnered to jointly develop a new near field RF communication technology, the Near Field Communication (NFC). The technology is expected to enable short-range communication networks between consumer devices incorporating an NFC interface, aimed at improving wireless access of data and services.

Wireless NFC technology will operate on 13.56MHz, allowing for the transfer of any kind of data between NFC-enabled devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and PDAs as well as to PCs, laptops, game consoles or PC peripherals, across a distance of up to 20cm and aiming at speeds to enable the transfer high quality images. The NFC technology will be fully-compliant to both Philips' existing Mifare and Sony's FeliCa contactless smartcard technologies.

The goal of this technology is to build a ubiquitous open infrastructure of NFC-compliant devices which incorporate smart-key and smartcard reader functions, providing a convenient communication method for services such as payment, ticketing, and access of online entertainment content through the devices by simply holding devices or smartcards near each other. Philips and Sony will promote the NFC technology as an open standard in order to integrate it into consumer devices, including those of other manufacturers in the CE, PC, and automotive industries.

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