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NXP, Trusted Logic team to drive NFC adoption

Posted: 23 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC? middleware? wireless? processor?

NXP Semiconductors and Trusted Logic have announced a partnership that aims to accelerate NFC deployment. Under the agreement, Trusted Logic will distribute and market NFC middleware which embeds NXP's reference implementation. The partnership will speed time to market and provide skilled resources to support NFC middleware integration into NFC-enabled wireless devices.

Under the agreement, Trusted Logic will license the NXP Reference Implementation, which has been validated with the latest NXP NFC controller PN544. Trusted Logic will enhance the solution with their Java Specification Request 257 implementation (JSR257) to enable NFC technology in Java Micro Edition environments (J2ME). Furthermore, this partnership will enable NFC middleware integration with the most common mobile operating systems and facilitate integration services to handset manufacturers. These services will allow flexibility in the NFC market ramp up and reduce the time to market for handset manufacturers.

The NXP Reference Implementation, comprising the NFC Forum and ETSI specifications, facilitates both the interconnection of NFC devices and seamless interoperability with the existing contactless infrastructure. While interfacing the NXP PN544, the NFC middleware, integrated in a baseband or in an application processor, delivers the complete software solution required to build an NFC-enabled device.

As an independent software company, Trusted Logic will license the NXP Reference Implementation directly to end customers, under its Trusted NFC offering, and provide support for the integration.

NXP and Trusted Logic will continue to collaborate to ensure that future generations of NXP NFC controllers are validated with Trusted NFC.

Chris Feige, general manager NFC, NXP, said, "We are pleased to work with Trusted Logic to shorten the time-to-market for the integration of middleware into NFC-enabled devices, which is critical now as we expect the mobile NFC market to ramp up fast in the coming months. We will continue to design industry-leading NFC chips and to develop related NFC firmware and middleware implementations to support the growing demand."

"The number of NFC projects has significantly increased in the previous months so this is definitely the right timing to speed up NFC software integrations," commented Dominique Bolignano, CEO of Trusted Logic.

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