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NFC module secures Lenovo laptops

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC? laptop? contactless communication?

Lenovo has adopted a NFC reader/writer module developed by NXP Semiconductors and Toppan Forms into three of its Thinkpad laptop models.

The module solution, when integrated into a PC or a peripheral device, provides security and convenience features that enable transactions such as online banking, e-commerce, e-government online access and secure log-in for PCs. The laptop models, targeting the global market, are the T410, T510 and W510.

Based on NXP's PN533 NFC IC, the transmission module for contactless communication runs at 13.56MHz including a microcontroller. It also leverages Toppan's know-how in hardware module and software driver packaging. The module is compatible with the leading contactless smart cards in the market today, including MIFARE contactless smart card technology, and FeliCa, the contactless card system widely used in Japan for transportation and electronic payment applications. The module solution is also compatible with open standard (ISO 14443 types A and B) cards, which are used worldwide in many banking, government and public deployments, such as e-Passports and Japanese drivers licenses.

Katsuhiko Moriyama, general manager at Toppan, said, "With the launch of this ground-breaking module, Toppan Forms plans to expand its NFC reader/writer business to become the de-facto standard in the computer industry. We anticipate that the introduction of NFC readers to PCs will help NFC technology to mature and rapidly capture a much wider consumer base. In addition to the PC market, we are now turning our attention to other applications such as cellphones and CE devices, which can also benefit greatly from many of NFC's features."

"This is a significant project in which we are deploying NFC reader infrastructure into the PC environment," added NXP Henri Ardevol, general manager secure transactions. "The expansion of NFC into these kinds of platforms will provide exciting new possibilities for consumers to experience secure transactions on their PC, such as authentication of payments, secure online banking and a range of government services."

The module utilizes a PC/SC conformant driver and is compatible with existing PC/SC applications, allowing it to integrate seamlessly into most existing security and payment applications. The reader is Windows Certified and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The module driver is available through Toppan Forms' NFC Software Development Kit for PC/SC. This software allows developers to produce contactless card-enabled applications much faster and with greater flexibility.

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