LONDON Wider adoption of near field communications with mobile phones took a further step forward with the European Telecoms Standardization Institute ETSI's Smart Card Platform Technical Committee approving the specification for the Host Controller Interface.
The interface, one of the most important for NFC, sits within the management layers between the smart card platform and an NFC applications processor in mobile phones.
Developed in conjunction with the NFC Forum, the overall target is a logical interface that will allow an NFC front end to communicate directly with an application processor and multiple secure elements in various electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs and PC peripherals, enabling faster integration of NFC functionality.
The initial HCI specification provides a standardized way to host secure applications on the SIM and to communicate with the outside world in a contactless manner using the NFC chip in the phone, when combined with the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) within the physical layers approved by ETSI last October, which itself enabled chip manufacturers to commence developments based on an ETSI approved specification.
ETSI says it anticipates further cooperation with industry and interested parties and a swift move to open standards.
Chairman of ETSI TC SCP, Klaus Vedder said: "These new SIM properties are another important step towards turning today's mobile phone into a multipurpose terminal, personal security device and lifestyle tool and I look forward to having many fruitful and cooperative conversations with stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead."