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May 15, 2009

NXP unveils PN544 controller

Near field communication controller to allow mobile phone users to access a new range of contactless applications

By CBR Staff Writer

NXP, an independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has unveiled a near field communication controller, PN544, delivering a fully compliant platform for handset manufacturers and operators to introduce next-generation NFC devices and services.

According to the company, the new PN544 chip is based on the latest near field communication (NFC) specifications by the European Telecommunications Standard Institute. It will allow mobile phone users to access a new range of contactless applications such as mobile payments, transport and event ticketing as well as data sharing directly from the mobile phone SIM for improved on-the-go experience.

NXP claims that the new NFC controller is fully backwards compatible and interoperable with existing contactless infrastructure for payments and ticketing.

Chris Feige, general manager for NFC at NXP Semiconductors, said: NXP co-invented NFC with the aim of putting the mobile phone at the center of the consumer’s world and the launch of this latest NFC chip brings that aim even closer. Through extensive dialogue with all players in the NFC mobile ecosystem, we’ve created a solution which will help mobile operators, banks, retailers and services providers to offer new services enabling them to diversify their business and adding real value to the end user.

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