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ETSI okays HCI spec for NFC in handsets

Posted: 29 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC spec? ETSI approval? handset interface?

Wider adoption of NFC with mobile phones took a step forward with the European Telecoms Standardization Institute, Technical Committee for Smart Card Platform (ETSI TC SCP), approving the specification for the Host Controller Interface (HCI).

The interface, one of the most important for NFC, sits within the management layers between the smart card platform and an NFC applications processor in handsets.

Developed in conjunction with the NFC Forum, the overall target is a logical interface that will allow an NFC front end to communicate directly with an application processor and multiple secure elements in various electronic devices such as cellphones, PDAs and PC peripherals, enabling faster integration of NFC functionality.

The initial HCI specification provides a standardized way to host secure applications on the SIM and to communicate with the outside world in a contactless manner using the NFC chip in the phone, when combined with the Single Wire Protocol within the PHYs approved by ETSI last October, which enabled chip manufacturers to commence developments based on an ETSI approved specification.

ETSI says it anticipates further cooperation with industry and interested parties and a swift move to open standards.

Klaus Vedder, chairman of ETSI TC SCP, said, "These new SIM properties are another important step towards turning today's mobile phone into a multipurpose terminal, personal security device and lifestyle tool and I look forward to having many fruitful and cooperative conversations with stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe




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