Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet with NXP’s PN65 NFC Chip

google-nexus7-nfc-rfid-blogGoogle’s Nexus 7 tablet was unveiled at its I/O Conference on June 28th in San Francisco, with the firm highlighting its NFC capabilities that it branded as Android Beam. Google will use NXP’s PN65 near-field communications (NFC) chip in the Nexus 7 tablet.

According to NXP, the PN65 chip has its Secure Element technology that supports secure financial transactions, ticketing and other contact-less applications. The firm said that its Secure Element technology in the PN65 chip is the same as that used in bank cards and electronic passports.

Ruediger Stroh of NXP Semiconductors said, “NXP is seeing more mobile devices including tablets integrating secure NFC technology to create richer user experiences and convenient mobile transactions. As an integral part of revolutionary products like the Google Nexus Tablet, NXP is continuing to drive broader consumer adoption of NFC.”

NXP has a number of key patents in NFC technology, which is set to become more widely used in the coming years. Google said that it will release its Nexus 7 tablet in the middle of July, and Brits will have to fork out £159 or £199 to get the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively.