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Shaping the future with “Secure Connections for a Smarter World”

How can we improve the human experience?, Where can we use innovation to do good in the world?, How do our technologies improve daily life?

These are the kinds of questions that guide our company. Driven by the idea that innovation needs to be both relevant and compelling, we strive to create technologies that benefit society, save energy, care for the environment, and help treat everyone, everywhere with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Every product and service we deliver must somehow add to the way people live, work, or play. We avoid technology for technology’s sake, looking instead for the innovations that will endure and truly matter to our customers, our communities, and society as a whole.

Megatrends we’re watching

  • Growing demand for information and communication
  • Increased need for safety and security
  • Shifts in regional economic balance
  • Widespread industrialization and digital lifestyles
  • Aging populations and universal demand for healthcare
  • Management of natural resources
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Changing demographics

We continually evaluate these various megatrends and look to people who inspire us. We consult with our peers and members of the business community, and work closely with our partners and customers to identify what really matters. The result is our ongoing emphasis on seamless connectivity, safety and comfort, digital identity, sustainable mobility, and digital transformation in the industrial sector.


Our specific focus areas

The societal challenges we're currently addressing can be grouped into a four specific areas. These areas often overlap but, in general, our work focuses on those issues that contribute to improving quality of life for all, and help drive a smarter way of living. We call this creating "Secure Connections for a Smarter World".

In each of our four focus areas, we consider the impact technology has on society, with the goal of making technology as seamless, efficient, safe, and intuitive as possible. Here’s an overview:

Security

Technology is only useful if we can trust it. Higher levels of connectivity make it easier for attackers, often working anonymously, to do damage in increasingly sophisticated ways. Connectivity must be secure, so how can we protect against attempts to access private information or steal data? Our concept of identity is changing, too, with people using personal data more openly and using digital forums, such as cloud services and social networks, to access, share, and manage information. How can we achieve maximum freedom, while making security an integral part of every transaction?

  • Hardware-based protection with secure microcontrollers
    Hackers and other cyber criminals work hard to break through the security mechanisms that protect information. One type of protection, though, has been proven stronger than the rest. Hardware-based authentication, a process for confirming the identity of a person or a thing, performs cryptographic algorithms in “hardened” circuitry that better resists attacks, and stores cryptographic keys in a more tamper-resistant circuitry that’s isolated from the network. NXP is a recognized leader in hardware-based authentication, offering secure microcontrollers certified to the highest levels of security. Produced and configured in a secure manufacturing environment that provides “root of trust” for every type of data transaction, NXP’s A71 and A7001 series microcontrollers are certified to the highest levels of attack resistance, and are supported by secure firmware and certificate-based authentication algorithms that provide high-end security in every kind of data transaction.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Technology looms ever larger – from smart cities and smart homes to smart factories and smart supply chains. The growing network of connected devices in the consumer and industrial sectors, commonly referred to as the Internet of Things or the IoT, continues to push the boundaries between the digital and the physical. How can we use our innovations to contribute to the changing lives in mega cities? How can we increase efficiency, while reducing costs, and how will our technologies impact the industries of tomorrow?

  • Wireless networking for every IoT application
    Drawing on our more than 50 years of expertise in wireless communication, NXP has helped define many of the wireless-networking protocols that now drive the IoT, and our portfolio reflects our broad-based understanding of market needs. For example, our JN51xx wireless microcontrollers place a high-performance CPU and a 2.4 GHz radio transceiver on a single chip, and thus provide the optimum hardware platform for wireless network nodes in energy, lighting, and other IoT applications. More specifically, our JN5168 wireless microcontroller is an ultra low-power, high-performance device that supports a range of networking stacks so designers can quickly develop applications for home automation, lighting, remote control, and wireless-sensor applications. Best-in-class operating current, with a low-power sleep mode, extends battery life and enables operation direct from a single coin cell.

Portable and wearable

Technology looms ever larger – from smart cities and smart homes to smart factories and smart supply chains. The growing network of connected devices in the consumer and industrial sectors, commonly referred to as the Internet of Things or the IoT, continues to push the boundaries between the digital and the physical. How can we use our innovations to contribute to the changing lives in mega cities? How can we increase efficiency, while reducing costs, and how will our technologies impact the industries of tomorrow?

  • Smart sensors for enhanced mobility
    Small, high-precision sensors that can measure environmental conditions add an extra level of intelligence to mobile devices, wearables, and tracking tags. The NXP SEN208 sensor, for example, measures relative humidity and temperature, and can be integrated into a tag that protects perishables and other delicate items, such as medications and fresh produce, as they move through the supply chain. If the humidity or temperature readings go outside pre-set limits, the tag can send an alert, so environmental managers can take the necessary actions to prevent spoilage. Similar technologies can be used to turn smartphones into CO2 sensors or alcohol breathalyzers, so as to keep people safe. The same idea can also be applied to other areas, such as building automation. In Singapore, for instance, our sensors are connected to a wireless infrastructure, so they can monitor conditions and save energy in the CleanTech building, an energy-efficient structure intended to serve as an example for other buildings around the world.

Connected car

What used be a simple mode of transportation is now a personalized information hub, fully connected to the outside world, and supporting increased levels of autonomy. As vehicles continue to evolve, how can our innovations drive the future of these new mobility concepts?

  • Better battery management in electric vehicles
    Today’s electric vehicles are powered by large battery packs that need to be monitored carefully for temperature variations. The temperature of each cell needs to be measured, typically by a series of thermistors and diodes mounted throughout the battery pack and connected by wiring. It’s a fairly complex setup that’s difficult to assembly. NXP has developed a simpler yet equally effective approach, using the impedance measurements of each cell to determine cell temperature. Measurements can be taken at any time, even during charging and discharging, and cells are linked in a series-connected string, so individual readings can happen all at once. The result is a faster, less complex system that is easier and more cost-effective to produce.