NXP today expanded its advancedportfolio for plug-and-play (Near Field Communication) NFC solutions withArduino™ add-on boards and the release of PN7150, a high performance NFCcontroller with integrated firmwareand NCI interface. The expanded portfolio enables easier and faster integration of NFCtechnology in consumer electronic devices, especially in OS-based systems.
Building Better Development Experiences
Leveraging itssophisticated portfolio of microcontrollers, the PN71xx family, now, comes withvarious add-on boards, software examples and supports development platformsfeaturing an Arduino stackable header, including Kinetis, LPCXpresso, i.MX, andQorIQ, allowing for rapid NFC expansion and prototyping.
"To fulfillour vision and to create and enable NFC experiences everywhere, our productsare designed for developers to explore NFC applications through the easiestpossible deployment effort," said Paul Hubmer,general manager of NFC Infrastructure and Consumer at NXP. "NFC technology,now, can be easily combined with development platforms including Kinetis, i.MX,UDOO Neo®, and QorIQ, allowing new communities to access the world of NFC."
New NFC Controller Meets Demands of the Market
Equipped with embedded firmware,accompanied by Linux®, Android™, WinIoT drivers and several software examples,the PN7150 enables easy integration of NFC functionality in OS-based systemsvia the NCI interface. The new NFC controller can be ideal for applicationssuch as home network gateways, routers, set-top boxes, TVs, as well as audioand medical devices.
"NXP's robustportfolio of NFC controllers enable an easy integration of NFC technology to consumerdevices, while instantly making them smarter, more intuitive and easy to use," saidAdam Justice, Vice President at Grid Connect. "For example, with the PN7150designed into our latest home gateway, consumers can install their smart homedevices with just a tap. Additionally, maintenance tasks can be automated withcloud assistance for troubleshooting and firmware updates, which reduces oursupport efforts, saving us time and money."
Each PN71xx device integrates acomplete NFC frontend and an advanced 32-bit microcontroller along withpreinstalled certified NFC software stacks. The PN7150 is the latest addition to NXP'sportfolio of plug-and-play NFC solutions. Compared to the board footprintoptimized PN7120 in BGA package, firstannounced in 2015, PN7150 responds to latest market requests by featuringtwice as much outputpower as PN7120 and an easy to assemble HVQFN40 package. Incombination with NXP's connected NTAGI²C plus, the PN71xx ICs can be used forBluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, or ZigBee® pairing to simplify commissioning ofhome-automation applications.
The PN71xx family wasdesigned to easily enable NFC projects that go beyond simple NFC Tagoperations, leveraging the full potential of all NFC modes as card Emulation, readerand peer-to-peer functionality.
Key Benefits of PN71xx NFC controllers:
Standard NFC Interface (NCI 1.0) to the application host andfull NFC Forum compliant.
Seamless integration of NFC in applications with OS systems,supported by Linux, Android and WinIoT drivers.
Plug-and-play NFC operation with many platforms enabled throughthree available development kits for either Arduino compatibleboards, Raspberry Pi®, BeagleBone® Black orArduino compatible boards.
Enables all NFC standardized modes and typical NFC use casesthrough an easy set-up, including pairing, personalization, extended userinterface, and maintenance.
Samples as well as all compatible development kits ofthe PN7120 and the new PN7150 high performance NFC controller are available on: