The NFC Forum announced new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from around the world. Representing industries as diverse as automotive electronics, digital imaging, microelectronics, and asset management, the 19 new members include organizations based in Austria, Belarus, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.
Mahindra Comviva has inked a strategic agreement with the Pole SCS for HCE (Host Card Emulation) solutions and development. Among the companies participating in the SCS cluster are Gemalto, ST Microelectronics, Inside Secure, Orange, Telecom Italia and a large number of innovative startups in these fields.
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles today features NXP Semiconductors.
Didier Lamouche is the CEO of Oberthur Technologies, a firm that offers end-to-end solutions in the Smart Transactions, Mobile Financial Services, Machine-to-Machine, Digital Identity and Transport & Access Control fields.
The NFC Forum announced that Thinfilm and Xerox Corporation have joined the NFC Forum at the Principal level. The first to commercialize printed rewritable memory, Thinfilm is creating printed system products that will include memory, sensing, display and wireless communication such as NFC -at a cost-per-functionality unmatched by any other electronic technology. Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, Xerox is the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. The Principal level is the next-to-top tier of NFC Forum membership, and it includes significant participation opportunities.
INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity appointed Pierre Garnier executive vice president, NFC and Secure Payment division. He will continue driving the NFC business of INSIDE Secure and supervise the introduction of a new range of secure payment semiconductor platforms for the future U.S. EMV market. He was most recently vice president and general manager at Texas Instruments in charge of the worldwide baseband business and worldwide wireless strategic programs.He was also chairman and CEO of Everbee Networks, a company developing systems-on-chips for personal Internet security devices. Before that, Mr. Garnier was general manager of the Alcatel Microelectronics broadband access business, which he founded and turned into a world-leading ADSL chipset maker before it was acquired by STMicroelectronics in 2002.
The WaferSense Airborne Particle Sensor from CyberOptics Semiconductor was chosen as a finalist in The Best of the West 2011 Awards sponsored by Solid State Technology and SEMI at Semicon West in recognizing important product and technology developments in the microelectronics industries. Best of West finalists and award recipients were selected based on the submission’s financial impact on the industry, engineering or scientific achievement, or societal impact and benefits, according to Semicon West. A listing of award recipients can be found at: http://www.semiconwest.org/Participate/BestofWest/.
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, held a grand opening ceremony on August 25, 2011 for its new research, development and manufacturing facility located in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. The grand opening event was attended by a number of the company’s customers, suppliers, co-suppliers and local dignitaries. Cabot Microelectronics has invested approximately US$13 million to construct the 56,000 square foot (5,213 square meter) facility, which is located approximately 55 kilometers south of Seoul in Gyeonggi Province.
Fujitsu announced the latest version of its “Retail Suite” unified solution for POS, retail data management and reporting, the management of customers, returns, and gift cards. Fujitsu Retail Suite version 4.2 increases support for global retailers, making it the perfect solution for companies that want to run the same system for every country in which they operate. The new version also delivers an enhanced view of customers across all selling channels, promoting greater customer satisfaction. Version 4.2 now features expanded configuration capabilities for ease of use, workflow and branding. The version 4.2 of “GlobalSTORE” software achieved PA-DSS 1.2 certification while “Retail Suite 4.2” provides a single view of customer, stored value card, returns and inventory information across all channels whether it be in-store at the Point of Sale terminals and self-service kiosks or via the web or mobile device.
Fujitsu launched its “Retail Suite” unified solution for POS, retail data management and reporting, the management of customers, returns, and gift cards. Fujitsu Retail Suite version 4.2 increases support for global retailers, making it the perfect solution for companies that want to run the same system for every country in which they operate. The new version also delivers an enhanced view of customers across all selling channels, promoting greater customer satisfaction. Version 4.2 now features expanded configuration capabilities for ease of use, workflow and branding. For improved security, version 4.2 ofGlobalSTORE(R) software, the award-winning Fujitsu POS solution included in the Fujitsu Retail Suite, has achieved PA-DSS 1.2 certification from the PCI Security Standards Council, which will help retailers to ensure high levels of payment card data security across the global, multi-channel retail environment. Version 4.2 of the Fujitsu Retail Suite adds support for Windows(R) 7 desktop and SQL 2008 R2, also includes Country Packs, a variety of services that simplify entry into countries beyond the U.S. Supported by a worldwide Fujitsu presence and extensive knowledge of retailing, Fujitsu Retail Suite 4.2 Country Packs make it easier to open new stores in new countries by providing language translations as well as country-specific currency, tax and measurement control and management.
RDA Microelectronics fabless semiconductor company has introduced its single-pole, nine-throw antenna switch with an integrated logic decoder, low pass filters in a single die solution (SP9T) using IBM’s Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) process. The SOI-based process offers superior performance and significant cost reduction compared to GaAS alternatives. The RDASW91 is a single-pole, nine-throw SP9T antenna switch packaged in a compact 2.5×2.5 millimeter, 16-pin land grid array (LGA). This low-cost switch has six GSM channel ports and three UMTS channel ports suitable for use in the fast growing multiband 3G handset.
McDonald’s UK has signed a 5-year deal with Fujitsu for the provision of IT infrastructure support services to the company’s 1,200 restaurants in the UK and Republic of Ireland. This will ensure McDonald’s can deliver the right support capability into restaurants day-to-day, and help the company remain at the forefront of innovating its IT as it moves towards becoming a wider hospitality environment for families. Fujitsu will support the restaurant IT estate, from front of house tills and POS, to drive-thru ordering, restaurant bridge and back office. With this, Fujitsu is to focus on simplification and improved satisfaction; call prevention and reduction; and reduction in onsite engineering visits .