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NXP, Qualcomm to bring 'Apply Pay' to Android phones

Posted: 06 May 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SIP module

The new offering will include the NQ220 module. This was derived from the recently launched NXP PN66T module. It is a "stack system in a package," with an NFC die on the bottom and secure element on the top, explained Qualcomm's Bhatia.

The companies will offer two versionsNQ210 an NFC module without secure element, and NQ220, a SIP module with both NFC and secure element stacked.

The NQ220 reference design is available now through the NXP website.

The goal for Qualcomm isn't about integrating NFC into its apps processor, according to Bahita. Rather, it will put the NQ220 in Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform.

Snapdragon processors already come with security features that include authentication and Digital Rights Management, said Bahita, as opposed to NXP's module whose secure element is certified to run on the existing payment infrastructure and in tamper-resistant execution environment.

"We are developing a roadmap together so that the two companies; security features can converge in mobile and wearable devices," said Fonseca.

NXP's PN66T, on which NQ220 is based, is Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMVCo) certified, and also supports American Express ExpressPay.

Automotive play

Considering the scheduled merger with Freescale Semiconductor, isn't NXP concerned at all if their partnership with Qualcomm might steal from a potential automotive infotainment platformbased on Freescale's i.MX processor combined with NXP's car radio and hardware-based security?

Fonseca said, "I wouldn't comment [on the planned merger]."

Qualcomm, eager to get into the automotive market, is adapting its Snapdragon platform for car connectivity and infotainment.

- Junko Yoshida
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