While near field communication (NFC) is closely associated with payment
functions on smartphones, the technology is an increasingly popular feature in
a very broad range of applications, not just payment. NFC can now be found in
everything from consumer electronics and office equipment to door locks,
smart-home gateways, and even
EV charging stations.
As far as the technology is concerned, few companies are as tightly linked to
NFC as we are. As a co-inventor of NFC, an active member of the NFC Forum, and
a leading supplier of advanced NFC solutions, we believe we are in a unique
position when it comes to optimizing performance and finding ways to simplify
design-in. The latest addition to our NFC portfolio, the
PN7160, is a case in point, since it’s our most advanced NFC controller yet.
As the successor to our popular
PN7150, it offers an optimized combination of high-performance features, and
supports popular NFC use cases, including pairing, commissioning,
authentication and configuration, yet is surprisingly easy to work with.
Designed for quick integration, it makes a seamless addition to a very wide
variety of devices, including those with an Android or Linux OS.
Simply put, the
is the fast and easy way to add NFC to just about any design. It gives
developers a new way to add compelling features, even while dealing with
aggressive delivery schedules.
More Features, More Options
The very high level of integration means much of the up-front work has already
been done, so development teams can move quickly while differentiating
products and scaling features across design variants. For example, NXP
provides drivers for the smooth integration of PN7160 in Android and Linux
systems, using the NCI protocol for standardized communication with the
application host. Support for the NCI 2.0 protocol means the PN7160 delivers
an optimal solution for OS applications and offers easy upgrades to new
Compared to its predecessor, the PN7150, the PN7160 delivers a higher level of
design flexibility. It adds a second host-control interface, so the NFC
function can use either I2C or SPI for communication with popular
MCUs, including LPC, Kinetis, and i.MX.
The PN7160 is also available in a new package. In addition to the HVQFN, which
supports low-cost, two-layer PCB applications, the PN7160 is available in a
tiny BGA, for space-constrained designs that need a more compact footprint.
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webinar PN7160 Next Generation Plug and Play NFC Controller.
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Ready to Roll
As part of our commitment to quick design-in, the PN7160 is backed by a
comprehensive, publicly available product support package that includes
development kits, design tools, sample applications, training and support.
includes a PN7160 standalone development board, two Arduino and Raspberry Pie
interface boards allowing to interface directly with most of the industry’s
MCUs, and is fully NFC Forum Certified for standards-compliant operations. All
design files and Gerber files are freely available.
Developers working with the PN7160 gain access to a comprehensive set of tools
and applications. That includes a very comprehensive user manual which
describes the PN7160 interfaces, the modes of operation and possible
configurations, an antenna design and matching guide, and an RF settings
guide. For OS applications, specific documents describe how to port PN7160 in
Android and Linux based systems. There are even code examples to speed
development of PN7160 in RTOS and in system without an OS, and a full
selection of app notes for detailed instructions on how to develop a broad
range of use cases.
Help When You Need It
The PN7160 is also supported by our technical
NFC community, where you can find answers, gain inspiration and discuss NFC issues. Our
customers also have access to our extensive network of design partners, so
it’s easy to find an NXP-certified design house if you need specialized
hardware or software engineering services.
Like many of our high-demand products, the PN7160 is part of our
so embedded designers can count on us for a stable supply of products
Take the Next Step
To learn more about the PN7160 and how it makes NFC more accessible than
ever, visit our dedicated
or download the