NFC Plug and Play Controller with Integrated Firmware and NCI Interface

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  • Support all NFC Forum modes
    • Reader/Writer mode: ISO/IEC A and B, FeliCa, MIFARE 1K, 4K, NFC Forum type 1,2,3,4,5, ISO/IEC 15693
    • Peer to Peer mode: Passive and Active, Initiator and Target
    • Card Emulation mode: NFC Forum type 3 and type 4 (A and B)
  • Flexible host interface
    • Supply voltage 1.8 or 3.3 V
    • I2C interface or SPI interface
    • NCI 2.0 compliant protocol
    • IRQ signal for improved synchronization
  • High performance NFC controller
    • RF driver: 2.7 to 5.25V, 250 mA max
    • Receiver sensitivity 20 mVp-p
    • Fully configurable polling loop with low-power mode
    • Active load modulation and dynamic power control
  • Standard packages
    • HVQFN40
    • VFBGA64

Since Android 12, P2P functionality is not included by default in the main package. Moreover this functionality has never been supported by iOS devices. P2P is slowly removed from the market. At NFC Forum, the P2P functionality is not available for the Reader device class since CR13 and NXP does not expect any significant changes on the defined functionality. For this reason NXP plans to stop the maintenance of the P2P functionality on the NFC Reader products from 2024 onwards. The existing product versions (hardware and supporting software) which include the P2P support will be still available.

Comparison Table

PN7160/61 Configurations

Part Number Specification Control Interface Package
PN7160A1EV/C100 Standard Product I2C VFBGA64
PN7160A1HN/C100 HVQFN40
PN7160B1HN/C100 HVQFN40
PN7161A1EV/C100 Same as PN7160 + Apple ECP I2C VFBGA64
PN7161A1HN/C100 HVQFN40
PN7161B1HN/C100 HVQFN40

FAQ PN7161

  • Q: What are the features of PN7161?
    1. The PN7161 has the same features as PN7160 with Apple Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) feature supported
  • Q: How can I get access to PN7161 specific documents and SW commands?
    1. The Embedded ECP features are disabled by default, and require a special and confidential SW command available in NXP DocStore for activation. Following procedure is mandatory to get access to this confidential SW command:
      • For other applications, engage with your Apple Wallet representative
      • Get approval from Apple for using PN7161 in the application
      • Sign an NXP NDA for DocStore access
      • Create your DocStore account
      • Request the desired documents on DocStore
  • Q: Is a development kit available for the PN7161?
    1. Yes, the OM27160 with Arduino® or Raspberry Pi compatible header can be ordered
  • Q: Are general design guidelines, data sheets and app notes available to me before approval of specific Apple controlled PN7161 documents?
    1. Yes, all of the standard design principals used in the generic PN7160, also apply to the PN7161. The PN7161 includes additional content but is form, fit and functionally identical to the PN7160


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Design Resources

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2 hardware offerings


5 software files

  • Configuration Tools

    NFC Antenna Design Hub

  • HMI Design Software

    Online NFC Antenna Design Tool

  • Simulation and Modeling Tools

    PN7160 DPC Configuration Table

  • Simulation and Modeling Tools

    PN7160 DLMA Configuration Package

  • Software Development Resources

    PN7160 NXP-NCI MCUXpresso Example Project

Note: For better experience, software downloads are recommended on desktop.


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