PN547 integration with Android 4.4 offers new platform support for near field communication-based (NFC) transactions through host-card emulation
Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, February 25, 2014 - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today announced that its proven, industry leading NFC controller, PN547, is successfully integrated with Google’s latest version of the Android 4.4 operating system, ‘KitKat’. This significant milestone underscores the popularity and attractiveness of NXP’s PN547 in a wide range of Android-powered mobile devices.
Android 4.4 now offers new platform support for NFC-based transactions through host-card emulation (HCE). This enables 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 fully supports MIFARE which is used in over 70% of the world’s contactless transport systems. Additionally, PN547’s superior design allows improved RF performance, easing EMVCo and NFC Forum certifications while using smaller antenna size and lowering overall solution bill of materials. Today, PN547 is receiving tremendous market traction and is now on track to become a very worthy successor to the industry leading PN544 which propelled NFC into mainstream smartphone and tablet deployments.
With over 78% of the world’s smartphones now using Android, according to IDC, the opportunity for people to engage with and use NFC is greater than ever. “By supporting HCE with our established and market-proven PN547 NFC controller, we are opening the door and creating markets for new applications and new ways consumers can use this interactive technology,” said Jeff Miles, vice president mobile transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “Integration of PN547 with Android 4.4 was yet another great accomplishment, and further reinforces our market leading positioning in NFC-based solutions.”
NFC is a ground-breaking technology that allows enabled devices to respond to the tap of objects. NFC transforms the already dynamic user experience in a way that expands the potential of the "Internet of Things". With a simple tap of an NFC-enabled device tags in smart posters, contactless ticketing or payment terminals, users can interact with devices in a secure and intuitive manner. Co-invented by NXP Semiconductors in 2002, NXP's NFC technology is now incorporated in personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones from major OEM's. NXP enables native integration in mobile operating systems, joint development in the services of mobile network operators and service providers and facilitation in the delivery and tags and readers deployed by transit operators, retailers, access control systems, and advertisers.
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NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, identification and mobile industries, and in application areas including wireless infrastructure, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer tech and computing. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $4.82 billion in 2013. Find out more at www.nxp.com.