SAN FRANCISCOóGoogle Inc.'s recently launched Galaxy Nexus smartphone includes NXP Semiconductors NV's PN65N integrated near field communication (NFC) solution, NXP said Wednesday (Nov. 2).
The PN65N, which features an NFC radio controller and an embedded secure element, is fully validated on the latest release of the Android operating system, Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, according to NXP (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
NXP said in May that its PN65 is the NFC solution in Google's electronic wallet feature for Android smartphones.
NXP said Wednesday that the availability of its open-source NFC software on Ice Cream Sandwich enables mobile phone and now also tablet manufacturers to design NFC-enabled, Android-based mobile devices. For application developers, Android support for NXP's complete NFC solution provides an opportunity to create new applications for mobile payment/secure card emulation, tag read/write and peer-to-peer communication, NXP said.
NFC was co-invented in 2002 by NXP, which at the time was the semiconductor division of Royal Philips Electronics NV.