NFC gets into more gear


Inside Secure ComboPulse speeds NFC deployment in consumer electronic products

Inside Secure has introduces its ComboPulse secure near field communication (NFC) system-in-package (SiP). This solution makes it easy and inexpensive to add NFC functionality into a broad range of mainstream consumer electronic products, including tablets, entry level mobile phones, personal media players and other smart mobile devices.

Combining an Inside PicoPulse NFC RF front end 'booster' chip, an Inside VaultSEcure secure element with Java Card OS, an antenna and all passive components in a tiny DFN8 package, the ComboPulse SiP requires no additional hardware, no external antenna and no tuning to add best in class NFC card emulation and peer to peer functions to mobile products at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional NFC solutions.

'This innovative NFC solution is the first on the market with such simple, fast integration and it offers the smallest NFC footprint in the industry,' said Loic Hamon, vice president of product management for the NFC division at Inside Secure. 'The ComboPulse SiP makes it easy for OEMs to quickly and cost effectively add this important NFC functionality into consumer electronics, entry level phones and other devices. This will enable more people to engage in secure transactions including mobile payments, transport ticketing and access control.'

The NFC card emulation capability provided by the ComboPulse SiP allows the mobile device to be used like a contactless smart card to communicate with standard contactless POS and other terminals to make purchases, validate tickets and coupons, accumulate loyalty points and perform banking and other secure transactions.

Peer to peer (P2P) mode operation provided by the ComboPulse device can simplify Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing between two consumer electronic devices. P2P can be used to easily exchange content or information with any NFC Forum compliant device and may be used to interact with a variety of TVs, cameras, security systems and other home devices.

The ComboPulse design and small footprint of the ComboPulse SiP allows the choice of an optimised location in the handset (for instance at the top of the handset, close to the speaker) in order to achieve the best user experience when using it to pay or pair devices.

Initial samples will be available from March.


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