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ST, Stollmann drive NFC adoption in mobile apps

Posted: 04 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC? wireless? RFID? software?

STMicroelectronics and Stollmann E+V GmbH have signed a joint agreement to offer turnkey NFC interface solutions. The agreement includes all the necessary hardware and software components to enable NFC's fast and secure short-range wireless data-transfer in handsets and mobile consumer devices.

The joint effort calls for Stollmann to adapt its portable NFC software with the Java JSR-257 API to ST's ST21NFCA chip. The chip supports the popular formats for contactless smart cards and RFID tags including I2C and SPI interfaces with ETSI HCI and a Single-Wire Protocol interface for secure elements. Its also supports peer-to-peer, reader/writer and CardEmulation NFC modes.

The Stollmann protocol stack facilitates NFC communications with NDEF and RTD formats and supports direct legacy access to contactless smart cards and RFID tags. The NFaCe+ API allows simple access to any type of smart card. It is also possible to adapt the system to existing interfaces such as PCSC. The stack itself has been developed with porting to different platforms in mind. Stollmann offers a JSR-257 implementation for Java platforms suitable especially for mobile phones and similar devices and supporting extended functions for legacy transfers.

"Stollman is very well known for its expertise in the development of connectivity software," said Laurent Degauque, telecom and NFC marketing manager, digital secure access division at ST. "This is an important cooperation that will allow ST's customers to benefit from a complete and ready-to-use NFC solution that complies with all relevant standards."

"The combined strength of ST, with its leadership in contactless chips, and Stollmann, a leading protocol stack supplier, should mean that we see NFC handsets and other mobile devices in the hands of providers and consumers very quickly ," said Christian L�hrs, managing director of Stollmann.

ST's NFC chips and Stollmann's NFC software stack are now available for sampling to lead customers, and provide all the API and implementation technology required to meet NFC standards, including compliance with NFC Forum specifications.

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