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ST intros NFC controller for Android phone

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NFC controller? SWP -SIM? SWP-microSD? smartphone? Android?

STMicroelectronics has revealed that its NFC controller is being used by NEC CASIO Mobile Communications in the Android-based G'zOne CA-201L smartphone. The device supports all NFC use cases and can coordinate multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations such as the SWP -SIM and SWP-microSD card or Embedded Secure Element, detailed the firm.

The corresponding NFC software stack from Stollmann E+V GmbH, running on the terminal host, supports all Google Android versions, including the latest Jelly Bean OS.

"With the growing interest in mobile payment schemes, including NFC capabilities and a compatible Secure Element on our new phones was an important feature," said Yoshifumi Sakaguchi, GM, common platform development division, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications. "The ease of integration, excellent performance and power profile of the ST NFC controller and secure element made it an excellent choice for our G'zOne CA-201L smartphone."

ST's NFC devices enable cost-effective solutions with modern RF performance, stated the company. The optimised device design delivers exceptional value for money. In particular, the RF unit design can decrease the overall system BOM and therefore minimise the PCB area required for integration. The devices meet the latest requirements in RF performance, ensuring optimal NFC user experiences and shortening time-to-market necessary for various application qualifications.

"We are very pleased to be selected for providing NFC functionality in the G'zOne CA-201L smartphone," said Marie-France Florentin, GM, secure microcontrollers division, ST. "Having quickly passed all necessary interoperability tests, including those for Korea's T-money e-transport and -payment technology, and leveraging ST's leadership in SIM Secure Elements hardware that aids interoperability, ST's NFC controller in the G'zOne CA-201L smartphone will soon enable innovative contactless services to end users in Korea."

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