LONDON ó European analog and mixed-signal chip company NXP BV has supported
Toppan Forms Co. Ltd. in the creation of a reader/writer module for near field
communications (NFC), which has been adopted by Lenovo in its T410, T510 and
T610 Thinkpad notebook computers.
The TN33MUE002L module can be used to supports a number of applications
including: online banking, Internet access and log-in for PCs. The module is
based on the PN533 NFC IC for contactless communication on a carrier frequency
The module is compatible with ISO 14443 type A and B cards, which are used
worldwide in banking, government and public deployments and with contactless
smart cards such as Mifare, used in Europe, and Felica, used in Japan, NXP said.
The reader is Windows Certified and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista
and Windows 7. The module driver is available through Toppan Forms' NFC software
"With the launch of this ground-breaking module, Toppan Forms plans to expand
its NFC reader/writer business to become the de-facto standard in the computer
industry," said Katsuhiko Moriyama, general manager of Toppan Forms (Tokyo,
Japan), in a statement issued by NXP. "We anticipate that the introduction of
NFC readers to PCs will help NFC technology to mature and rapidly capture a much
wider consumer base. In addition to the PC market, we are now turning our
attention to other applications such as cell phones and consumer electronics
devices, which can also benefit greatly from many of NFC's features."
Henri Ardevol, general manager of secure transactions for NXP, said: "This is
a significant project in which we are deploying NFC reader infrastructure into
the PC environment. The expansion of NFC into these kinds of platforms will
provide exciting new possibilities for consumers to experience secure
transactions on their PC, such as authentication of payments, secure online
banking and a range of government services."
NFC operates on a 13.56-MHz frequency carrier in the unlicensed ISM band,
over a distance of typically a few centimeters. NFC technology enables consumers
to securely exchange and store all kinds of information, simply by bringing two
devices close together. In addition, NFC automatically configures and initiates
wireless connections, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, enabling devices to
communicate at longer ranges or transfer data at higher rates, when those
services are available.
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