The NFC Forum has published one new and three candidate technical specifications. The specifications deliver new capabilities that support improved RF communication, new and legacy tag support, NFC-V technology and Active Communication Mode.
Mobile payments got a huge kick this week with the introduction of a wide band transistor optimized for DC-2.7 GHz operation and built using proprietary 4th generation GaN on Silicon (GaN on Si) process.
In today’s CardFlash News Que: NFC FORUM (specs); PCI SSC (standards); GENEVA (PayByPhone); and American Express (Centurion Lounge).
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles today features NETGEAR.
A portfolio of 15 U.S. granted patents and 9 applications, disclosing a comprehensive set of systems for improving and securing the existing payment card system is going up for sale. It contains the work of inventor Moon J. Kim, a former IBM Master Inventor and named inventor on over 120 patents.
Grenoble-based Tiempo Secure is teaming with Seoul-based Secure Platforms Technology (SP-Tek) to market smart card chips equipped with the JavaCard OS. Their combined offer is targeting smart card manufacturers in the Americas, who are supporting the current migration from magnetic stripe to EMV smart cards.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of card industry movers and shakers today features Steven Laub, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atmel. The Company specializes in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.
The NFC Forum has added Analog testing as part of its Near Field Communication (NFC) technology Certification Program. It is the world’s first detailed evaluation of the Radio Frequency (RF) performance of an NFC device.
Fime transaction provider announced its radio frequency (RF) test bench has been officially approved by the NFC Forum, a global association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology. The tool validation process and approval brings official recognition that the FIME RF test bench meets the requirements defined in the NFC Forum specifications, making the tool eligible for testing devices for conformance to the functional requirements outlined by the NFC Forum.The FIME RF test bench evaluates the analog compliance of smart devices, such as mobile handsets and tablets, ensuring product compliance to the NFC Forum Analog Technical Specification. Successful product evaluation through compliance testing and NFC Forum certification allows a device manufacturer to use and display the NFC Forum Certification Mark. It is now available to mobile handset and device manufacturers at FIME’s network of global laboratories, spanning America, Asia and Europe.
NXP Semiconductors announced its NFC controller, PN547, is successfully integrated with Google’s latest version of the Android 4.4 operating system, ‘KitKat’. Android 4.4 now offers new platform support for NFC-based transactions through host-card emulation (HCE), allowing Android smartphone owners to use their phones to initiate a wide range of mobile applications, including payments, loyalty programs, card access, transit passes and other customized services. Support for Android 4.4 and HCE allows more consumers to experience the potential of NFC and will further expand the ecosystem. NXP has successfully demonstrated and validated multi-Secure Element (embedded SE, UICC based SE and HCE) performance on its leading NFC controllers to facilitate OEM adoption and integration. PN547 improved RF performance, easing EMVCo and NFC Forum certifications while using smaller antenna size and lowering overall solution bill of materials.
ams AG analog ICs and sensors announced that US-based DeviceFidelity, Inc. is using unique ams RF technology in its latest CredenSE 2.10 NFC microSD card to enable secure, certified NFC transmissions between any mobile phone and contactless payment terminals from Visa and MasterCard. DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the world’s first NFC microSD card to successfully achieve global payment certifications from both Visa and MasterCard without requiring external booster antenna or device specific attachments. Using the AS3922 from ams, an integrated NFC front end with Active Boost technology, CredenSE achieves a typical read range of 4cm in a mobile phone’s microSD slot. The mobile phone is a notoriously difficult environment for RF and variations between phone models make it difficult to consistently achieve good performance. The stringent requirements for read range compatibility with payment terminals for payment applications cannot be met in small form factors such as SIM or microSD cards with a traditional passive NFC card emulation front end and simple planar antenna. The DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the first commercially produced NFC microSD card that meets EMV standards using only an ultra-small antenna embedded in the card, making distribution and compatibility with hundreds of phone models possible with one easy-to-deploy microSD card. It can be used to transform any mobile device with a microSD card slot into a contactless payment device without any need for device specific external antenna or attachments. Active Boost allows for robust tag-to-reader communication at a coupling factor 100 times higher than is possible with conventional passive tag designs. The AS3922 also offers unique Antenna Auto Tuning and Q factor adjustment, which are critical to microSD, SIM and µSIM applications. The IC includes an ACLB interface for communication with the contactless interface of any Dual Interface Secure Element, and DCLB and NFC-WI interfaces for digital communication.
OTI cashless payment solutions announced its PetroSmart, its wholly owned subsidiary and a global Value Added Reseller (VAR) of petroleum equipment, has introduced an innovative new smart vehicle ‘Moon Tag’ that expands the use of its ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system to the consumer market. OTI’s petroleum payment solutions have already been deployed in 43 countries, more than 1,600 gas stations and over 100,000 commercial vehicles. EasyFuel Plus provides Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) services with its contactless smart read-write tag mounted around the fuel inlet of the vehicle. When a fuel nozzle fitted with the OTI contactless reader is inserted into the vehicle’s fuel inlet, contactless communication is established automatically. Once the vehicle’s payment card details are verified, fuel can be dispensed. The ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system served commercial fleet owners by automating the fuel payment process, saving time and preventing fraud. This next evolution of the system expands into the private sector so consumers can settle payment automatically without swiping their credit card or paying in a convenience store. Additionally, loyalty points can be awarded automatically per each refueling. The Moon tag also incorporates a mechanism to tune the reading range between the RF nozzle unit (RFN) and the tag to ensure that fuel can be dispensed only to the specific vehicle’s fuel tank and to avoid any option for a fraudulent ‘side fueling.’