PARIS STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and communications software development house Stollmann GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) announced they have teamed to deliver turnkey NFC (Near Field Communication) interface solutions, complete with the necessary hardware and software components.
To start with, partners said STís NFC chips and Stollmannís NFC software stack are now available for sampling to lead customers, and provide the API (Application Programming Interface) and implementation technology required to meet NFC standards, including compliance with NFC Forum specifications, partners specified.
As part of the agreement, Stollmann said it is adapting its portable NFC software, with the Java JSR-257 API, for operability with ST's ST21NFCA chips.
ST notified that its ST21NFCA chip supports all formats for contactless smart cards and RFID tags as well as an extended set of wired interfaces and protocols. These include I2C and SPI interfaces with ETSI HCI and a Single-Wire Protocol interface for secure elements. This chip supports all NFC modes, namely peer-to-peer, Reader/Writer and CardEmulation, said ST.
"The combined strength of ST, with its leadership in contactless chips, and Stollmann, a leading protocol stack supplier, should mean that we see NFC handsets and other mobile devices in the hands of providers and consumers very quickly," concluded Christian LŁhrs, Managing Director of Stollmann.