Broadcom 1st NFC Chips in 40 NM to Drive Next Gen Mobile Payments
Broadcom Corporation today unveiled a new family of NFC chips designed to drive the mass deployment of NFC in consumer electronics devices. With a powerful combination of power, size and functional requirements, the new chips provide the advanced capabilities required by OEMs to ignite NFC adoption in consumer electronics. Visit Broadcom.com for more news from the show.
Manufactured in 40 nm CMOS technology, the new Broadcom BCM2079x family slashes power consumption by more than 90 percent, uses 40 percent fewer components and has a 40 percent smaller board area, making it the smallest and most power efficient NFC solution on the market. The NFC controllers are platform agnostic with support for multiple secure elements or SIM cards — or both at the same time. In addition, Broadcom's advanced Maestro middleware allows new NFC applications to utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities in the device to spur new innovations in user interface and media sharing.
An accelerated adoption of NFC could transform the use of smartphones, advancing beyond contactless mobile payments and ticketing to enable radically simplified connectivity between the handset and other devices like Bluetooth headsets and Wi-Fi-enabled digital televisions. The proliferation of NFC has the ability to expand the usefulness of smartphones and inspire a range of new applications built on the ability to create simple, secure connections between devices and enable services with a touch of the phone.
Reduces power consumption:
- Low power target detection mode, which leverages Broadcom's innovative low-power techniques, reduces polling power consumption by more than 90 percent for longer battery life.
- Support for field power harvesting allows the chip to draw energy from the environment so it can support transactions even if the phone battery has expired.
Reduces board space requirements and design complexity:
- Industry's smallest size chip integrates more external components, reducing total solution BOM (bill of materials) costs.
- Easily pairs with Broadcom's InConcert BCM4330 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and FM combo chip for comprehensive connectivity solution.
- Complete Broadcom software stack including Maestro middleware rounds out end-to-end solution for reduced design complexity, creative connectivity options and faster time to market.
Provides support and flexibility for all business models and future wireless innovation:
- Only NFC controller to integrate transaction-based Application ID (AID) routing for simultaneous support of multiple secure elements (both SIM and non-SIM) within a single device.
- Multiple SWP (single wire protocol) interfaces allow for standards-based SIM and embedded secure element integration.
- Broadcom is also working closely with the NFC Forum to define and drive standards to ensure interoperability with other NFC devices.
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