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  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP and EnOcean Shows NFC Smart Lighting Solution at CES 2014 

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    Except for providing the NFC badges at CES 2014, chip maker NXP Semiconductor has also partnered with smart home specialist EnOcean to show a solution which uses NFC to enable easy setting up and adding wireless lighting elements to their smart home network.

    The setup enables EnOcean switches to be added to a home network by just tapping the switch to the gateway or a tablet computer, to collect network setup parameters. Individual lamps and lighting elements can then be connected to the network, again using NFC, and then turned on, off, up or down via the physical light switch or an Android smartphone.

    “The switch contains an NFC nTag device that stores the wireless network security information,” said NXP, “This security information is written into the nTag devices by tapping it on an NFC-enabled tablet or on the NFC-enabled gateway.

    “In the case of the gateway, this already knows the network security information as it is part of the network. In the case of a tablet, this has to first learn the network security information from the gateway, either via a Wi-Fi network connection or by tapping the tablet onto the gateway.”

     
  • Editing Team 15:35 on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Badges Will Be Used at 2014 CES 

    2014CES-NFC-badges-rfid-blogAttendees at this week’s 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas will be using NFC-enabled badges to exchange business credentials and retrieve product information from other NFC devices as well as from posters displayed by exhibitors.

    The NFC tags in the badges are supplied by Smartrac, use NXP’s Mifare DESFire EV1 chips and are being deployed in partnership with ITN International, the show’s official registration and lead retrieval supplier.

    “Year after year, CES sees the introduction of the latest consumer technologies,” says the Consumer Electronics Association’s Karen Chupka. “We are excited to use one of our exhibitors’ products for our registration system, and bring a more personalized experience to every attendee.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:40 on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Enables NFC ‘Tap-to-Interact’ Badges at 2014 CES 

    NXP-NFC-badge-2014CES-rfid-blogNXP Semiconductor has enabled “tap-to-interact” badges that use NFC technology to create much more functional badges for attendees of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

    The badges will enable much better communications between the 150,000 attendees and 3,300 exhibitors. They use NFC and have tiny wireless chips that establish a connection between a badge and a reading device. These will create much faster communication for trade-show purposes like exchanging sales lead data, said Jeffrey Fonseca, the director of business development at NXP in San Jose, Calif.

    “You can get a quick retrieval of a lead for anyone who goes into your booth,” Fonseca said, “This is done in real time, within seconds. It can be filtered to an exhibitor on the spot.”

    Typically, it can take a long time to process leads from trade shows. The lag can be days or weeks, and a sales lead can go cold during that time. But with the new technology, exhibitors who ordered lead retrieval services can use their own smartphones to collect badge data and then use apps that can process the information and forward it to the right person at the exhibitor company.

    Now an attendee can wave a badge in front of an NFC-labeled product at a show booth. The attendee can get information from the interaction and can also give data to the exhibitor.

    The first-ever interactive show badges will make use of MIFARE badge system and NFC connectivity to give attendees a more custom experience. They can exchange business credentials and get product information from NFC-based posters.

    The good thing about using NFC instead of RFID is that the wireless technology can work with the newest smartphones. All the exhibitors have to do is download the right apps onto the smartphones, and they’re ready to handle the badge reading.

    Past systems were much more labor-intensive than the MIFARE-based system. NFC works better than QR codes, where you take a picture of a code, because it consumes less battery power than a QR-based app that taps your phone’s camera.

    So far, five billion NFC components and 5 million readers have been sold to date. About 200 mobile devices are NFC-compatible now.

     
  • Editing Team 18:36 on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Intel Integrates NFC Reader into Core Processor 

    Intel, MasterCard and NXP Semiconductors are teaming up to deliver two-factor authentication via MasterCard-branded contactless cards for online payments. As a result of the partnership, Intel’s 4th Generation Core processors with embedded NFC readers from Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP will be used in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, Ultrabooks 2-in-1 and All-In-One PCs.

    Online shoppers using MasterCard’s MasterPass digital service will be able to make payments by tapping their MasterCard contactless card or NFC-enabled mobile phone against the built-in NFC reader and complete the transaction with positive identity authentication provided by Intel’s Identity Protection Technology.

    Intel’s 4th Generation Core processor-based devices containing NXP’s NFC technology and using IPT will improve and secure consumers’ online shopping experience, Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and general manager of client solutions and technologies at Intel PC Client Group, said in a press release.

     
  • Editing Team 18:00 on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Enables NFC and Secure Online Payment for Customers 

    NXP Semiconductors has announced that the PN544PC, a derivative of the most widely adopted NFC radio controller (PN544), is being integrated into select new computing devices. It will work with Intel’s 4th Generation CoreTM platform and Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) to provide a basis for secure and convenient e-commerce transactions.

    Now online shoppers can use MasterPass, the digital service from MasterCard, to pay by simply tapping their MasterCard contactless card or NFC-enabled mobile phone against the built-in NFC reader and securely complete the transaction with positive identity authentication via Intel® IPT.

    Forecasts from eMarketer predict that online shoppers in the U.S. will spend a staggering $262 billion in 2013, which represents an impressive 16.4% year-on-year growth. Of the $262 billion over 16%, or $41.68 billion, will come from mobile commerce — purchases made on a smartphone or tablet.

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  • Editing Team 15:01 on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Announces Diodes for NFC Antennas Protection 

    NXP-diodes-protect-NFC-antenna-rfid-blogNXP Semiconductors has announced a new series of diodes designed to protect NFC antennas and controllers in mobile devices against damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD).

    “The NFC antenna is often integrated into the battery cover or the battery itself and is connected to the NFC IC via small contacts on the phone,” says NXP. “These contacts are an entry point for ESD strikes which are potentially hazardous to the NFC controller IC.”

    “The new NXP protection diodes safeguard the NFC IC according to the IEC61000-4-2 industry standard. At the same time, they are designed to maintain strong signal integrity of the antenna circuit by featuring very small variation of diode capacitance versus bias voltage. This combination ensures the best possible protection of the NFC system.”

    An 18V version is available immediately and a 24V version will launch in early 2014. Both “are ideal for today’s compact and slim smartphones,” says NXP.

     
  • Editing Team 10:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Compatibility Issues with Mifare Classic 1K NFC Tags ——Reasons Why Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, & New (2013) Nexus 7 Cannot Completely Read the Tags 

    Mifare-Classic-1K-NFC-tag-rfid-blogMany users of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet have reported the problem of NFC compatibility with the Mifare Classic 1K NFC tags. Here is the reason why they are not compatible:

    As is known, NXP is a world-leading manufacturers of NFC hardware which is widely used for a great many Android phones. The NFC Forum was established to create protocols for NFC, so that any hardware and any microchip (NFC tag) that adheres to this protocol will be compatible. The Mifare Classic 1K chip is created by NXP specifically to be compatible with its hardware and not necessarily to adhere to the protocols. Since the chip is designed to be compatible with NXP’s hardware, this means it is compatible with the MAJORITY NFC-enabled devices but not necessarily compatible with ANY phone that uses other manufacturer’s hardware.

    The four devices mentioned above (Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7) use a different manufacturer’s NFC hardware (Broadcom). Since only chips which adhere to the NFC Forum’s protocols are completely compatible and the Mifare Classic chips are not, thus it is not totally compatible with the Broadcom NFC hardware which can ONLY read off the UID (unique identifier) in a Mifare Classic chip and cannot write to them at all or read anything else that has been written to them.

    But that doesn’t mean Mifare Classic tags cannot be used at all with the four devices. Since the UID can be detected and read, Mifare Classic chips can be used with these devices with the help of an app such as Automatelt and ReTag which simply uses a tag’s UID to trigger tasks saved on the device. But if you want to create tags to share information with others, you’ll need universally compatible tags that you can write to and can be read by anyone.

    Is there any NFC tags that are fully compatible with these devices? The answer is YES. Any NFC tag that complies with the NFC Forum’s protocol will be compatible with these devices and there are plenty of them! Yet the more memory they have, the more expensive they are.

    ■NTAG203 tag: with 137 bytes of memory

    ■Topaz 512 tag: with 450 bytes of memory

    Although they have far less memory than the 700 bytes found on the Mifare Classic 1K tag, this is more than enough for most apps which only record a small amount of info on a tag that ties the tag to the specific app and then allows the app to store the various settings and events.

    At present, the NTAG203 tag remains the most popular NFC Forum tag and it should be able to use by most tasks triggering apps, while the Topaz 512 tag has plenty of memory for full electronic business card info but costs a little more. These tags are referred to as “Universal” NFC tags because they are universally compatible with ALL NFC devices.

    So if you want the tags to be read by anyone, you’ll probably want to go with the NTAG203 or Topaz 512 NFC tags since they are compatible with all NFC-enabled devices. If you are using the Samsung Tectile app, you definitely do not want to use NTAG203 or Topaz 512 tags, for the Tectile app takes up much more memory than the NTAG203 chip can afford.

    But how can I find out how much data I need for a specific tag? Many NFC apps, such as NFC Smart Q, will let you know how much memory you need for things you want to do by creating tags (without actually having tags).

    So far, the compatibility issues only affect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7. But it might affect other devices if other companies decide to use NFC hardware not made by NXP.

     
  • Editing Team 15:43 on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Encode NFC Tags with NXP’s TagWriter App 

    In fact, it is quite easy to encode NFC tags with your NFC-enabled smartphone. You may even encode hundreds of tags with a single mobile phone. Here we’ll introduce how to encode NFC tags using NXP’s free TagWriter app.

    1. Download TagWriter

    You may download NXP’s TagWriter for free from Google Play. It should be easy to find.

    2. Enable “Professional Edition”

    Before you start the encoding process, it is better to enable the extra features, which at the time of writing is free. Go to preferences through the menu button and “Switch UI Mode” to “Professional Edition”.

    3. Using the Start Menu

    The start menu allows you to “View” information already on the tag. You can use the “Tools” section to lock or erase content. To write something, first tap “Create and write”.

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    4. Tap “New” or Select from “History”

    You can view data that you have recently written to tags in “History”, or you can create something new. For the latter, tap the “New” option.

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    5. Encoding Options

    This screen shows you all the encoding options available to you. Select “URL”.

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    6. Create New Bookmark

    Select “Create new bookmark”.

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    7. Enter Your Data

    You may enter a title, but it takes up memory space on the NFC tag and doesn’t always display on all phones, so we’d suggest you not to. Enter a web address (for example, Google.com) and tap “Next”.

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    8. Encoding Options

    On this screen, you can select whether to write to one tag or multiple tags and whether you want to protect. Uncheck all options, for if you “protect”, it will lock the tags and you will no longer be able to change the data, unless you are sure that you definitely will not use it again. Then tap “Next”.

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    9. Encode Your Tag

    The last step is to hold your phone over the NFC tag and wait for a second for it to encode.

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    10. Complete!

    That’s the whole process. A confirmation “Store Successful” will be shown and you have finished the encoding process. If you want to lock it, you can do this from the “Tools” menu option.

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  • Editing Team 09:09 on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Announces Ucode 7, a Smaller and Faster Chip 

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    NXP Semiconductors has released its latest, highest-performance UHF RFID integrated circuit, which, according to the company, promises to be the highest-functioning EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID IC on the market. The new chip has higher read and write sensitivity, enabling the development of smaller and more versatile tags.

    The Ucode 7’s development began approximately a year ago. During the past few months, manufacturers of RFID tags, readers and printers have been testing the technology. These early efforts, which took place ahead of the public announcement, were intended to ensure that if NXP released this new high-speed, highly sensitive chip, the market was ready to provide the technology (inlays, as well as readers and printers) equipped to use it, says Victor Vega, NXP’s marketing director for RFID products.

    The Ucode 7 chip’s new features include:

    ■Increased read and write sensitivity (meaning the chip requires less power to be read or encoded than previous NXP chips)

    ■Greater backscatter strength (to improve read performance)

    ■faster writing speed

    ■parallel encoding (to provide faster programming when users are encoding a large quantity of tags for products with the same stock-keeping unit)

    ■greater broadband width (to enable improved functionality internationally where the frequency of the reader’s RF signal varies from region to region)

    The chip measures 445 microns by 490 microns (0.018 inch by 0.0l9 inch), and could be smaller. It comes with 128 bits of memory. According to Vega, the new chip’s greater sensitivity and write speed will make it possible for tags to be used in ways in which they have not been previously utilized. For example, he says, it will now be easier for companies to apply very small tags to such items as cosmetics and jewelry.

    Pricing for the chip is expected to be equivalent to that of the G2iL model.

     
  • Editing Team 07:46 on November 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP, Murata Collaborate on Dual Interface RFID Solution 

    NXP-Murata-dual-interface-RFID-blogNXP Semiconductors and Murata have announced a new addition to the Murata MAGICSTRAP® RFID module family incorporating NXP’s UCODE 1²C technology.

    In addition to delivering state-of-the-art RF performance, the technology enables a wireless communication link between the application processor and the UHF reader for bidirectional and unlimited data transfer, allowing for rapid, zero-power configuration of module.

    Using a standard UHF reader, data can be read or written into the memory of the MAGICSTRAP+I²C, based on passive UHF RFID standards, even while the device or appliance is switched off. Practically, this means that an electronics product can be configured for different languages and markets when already packed in a carton box and ready for shipment. By removing the need to configure products during assembly and when powered on, OEMs can make significant savings in manufacturing and logistics costs by responding precisely to regional and model demand.

    The UCODE I²C is protected against counterfeit and grey markets by a unique built-in ID, which can be combined with cryptographic algorithms to have a strong protection. The possibility to write to the MAGICSTRAP even without connected booster antenna makes it the perfect choice for such uses. Thus it has the ability to trace life of a product from begin till end.

    Samples of the MAGICSTRAP+I²C are available now, while volume production is scheduled to start Q1/2013.

     
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