The convergence of diverse features, such as mobile communications, social networks, payments and cloud services, on smartphones these days is evident.
A recent report by Gartner (News - Alert) titled, “Innovation Insight: NFC Bridges Mobile Devices, People and Things,” indicated that the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) in smartphones is growing. It is now being used in computing and consumer electronics devices as well, as NFC is one of the key technologies that are connecting both the physical world and the online world.
Cashing in on this trend, MediaTek Inc. – a fabless semiconductor company offering wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions - has debuted a new 3-SWP (Single-Wire Protocol) NFC solution, MT6605, which is designed for adoption in mainstream mobile platforms.
As quoted by MediaTek (News - Alert), MT6605 is the world's first ultra compact NFC chip solution that can support up to three secure elements, both embedded and SIM-based, simultaneously. This means, it can support a dual-SIM as well as one micro SD card configuration in one single device.
Built on 3-SWP architecture, the new MT6605 NFC chip facilitates the co-existence of multiple applications, such as information exchange/retrieval, ticketing, access control/authentication, location-based services and device pairing, all on a single mobile device, through simple and secure contactless connections.
Enabling NFC connectivity on mainstream smartphones and tablets, the MT6605 software stack complies with the NFC Forum Controller Interface (NCI) and also works on multiple OS platforms, including Android (News - Alert). It also provides seamless integration with the company’s field-proven Android mobile platforms.
In addition, the MT6605 also features the company’s "Beam Plus" technology which optimizes the NFC plus Wi-Fi handover procedure and can reduce device-paring time significantly at very low power operations.
MediaTek has also been working closely with its customers to support its antenna designs for significantly smaller antenna sizes.
All these features make MT6605 a truly ideal solution for highly integrated mobile platforms for device manufacturers to integrate NFC at a significantly lower price point.
Currently, the MT6605 is being designed and incorporated into smartphones by many global customers along with the company's Android mobile platforms. The first smartphone models built on this new chipset are expected to ship commercially in Q2 2013, quoted MediaTek in a statement.
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