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Solution boosts NFC tag performance

Posted: 22 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC IC? mobile device? data retrieval?

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has unleashed its range of NTAG203 NFC ICs that aims to further the deployment of NFC tags, as a response to mounting customer interest in NFC. Applications including smart posters, social media, service discovery and electronic enhancement of printed media can benefit from the data-retrieval feature of NTAG203-based tag, NXP noted.

As demonstrated by NXP's support of NFC in Android and Windows 8, NFC radios in mobile devices such as phones or tablets will open up new possibilities for the same devices to connect the physical with the virtual world. The ability to convert static data such as URL into digital bits stored in an NFC tag will allow the mobile device to quickly retrieve the data and make it more useful to consumers, as well as merchants who can secure better analytics of the data through higher redemption rates. Existing contactless solutions such as NXP MIFARE smart cards have proven the convenience of a simple tap, paving the way for consumer acceptance of new NFC applications.

The focus of the NTAG family is to facilitate easy reuse of existing inlays and tag designs in production to ensure quick and cost-effective deployment, while minimizing the number of product types customers need to stock. The enhancement leverages existing MIFARE-based tags shipped in the highest volumes worldwide. A specific focus was to optimize the NTAG RF performance to tune for either longer read range with existing antenna designs, or facilitate smaller tags with read range equivalent to existing solutions. Now, tags as small as 12mm in diameter can be used with respectable performance from an NFC-enabled mobile device, NXP said. The results of initial RF tests show a 20-25 percent increase in performance compared to equivalent sized tags, which in turn allows the mobile device to read the tag with more ease, added NXP.

The NTAG203 is launched as an NFC Forum Type 2 Tag with 144B of memory and optimized RF performance, the company stated. The NTAG2 family is available in sample quantities as well as multiple standard-sized tags and custom versions.





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