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NXP rolls out robust, power-efficient NFC frontend device

Posted: 05 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP Semiconductors  NFC  smartphone  MIFARE 

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the PN5180 as its flagship solution that promises to usher in a new stage of evolution for NFC as it delivers intuitive proximity technology everywhere. The device is an advanced, multi-protocol (ISO/IEC 15693, Felica, MIFARE and ISO/IEC 14443A/B) NFC frontend that offers more efficient, robust and reliable operation, even in harsh environments, indicated the company.

Building on the success of the PN512, PN5180 delivers four times more output power and is designed to enable modern readers for contactless payment without the need of an additional booster.

NXP's NFC frontend solution features dynamic power control (DPC, patent pending), which increases communication stability and reliability. It enables up to 30 per cent increase of the effective transmitter current at the same maximum specification. It maximises RF system performance, optimises effective power output and minimises overall energy consumption by automatically compensating for detuning effects generated by nearby smartcards, NFC-enabled smartphones or metal objects. While enabling communication at long distance, the automated calibration avoids a possible damage in cards and phones caused by overpowering in zero distance.

The combined features of DPC, strong RF power and hardware-based EMD error handing eases certification. Being pre-certified for contactless EMVCo L1 and NFC Forum, PN5180 is geared for designs that target payment applications. Additionally, the TFBGA package with added security features simplifies PCI terminal certification.

The PN5180 is supported by advanced design-in software tools. The PC-based 'NFC Cockpit' software environment is an intuitive graphical user interface that supports software-independent tuning of the antenna's register settings, so hardware designers can optimise antenna parameters while software designers work on integration of the embedded system in parallel. PN5180 also comes with a completely overhauled NFC Reader Library which is easily portable to various controller cores. The library is pre-certified for EMVCo L1 and NFC Forum and complies with all applicable ISO/IEC standards.

NXP also stated that due to its advanced features, PN5180 was selected for the latest TWR-POS-K81, the latest Point of Sale reference design, which is the first point solution from the recently merged companies NXP and Freescale.

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