STMicroelectronics has unveiled its second-generation Near Field Communications (NFC) controller, the ST21NFCA, claimed to support all NFC use cases. The chip is able to coordinate multiple NFC secure apps stored in several secure locations, such as the SWP-SIM and SWP-microSD Card or Embedded Secure Element.
The corresponding NFC software stack, running on the terminal host, supports all Google Android versions, including the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and will also be available for forthcoming Microsoft Windows 8 OS. The controller is compatible with the wide choice of ST Secure Elements. ST's Secure Element product range is based on the Secure ARM SC300 32-bit core, and offers a wide choice of Embedded Flash sizes, ranging from 512Kbytes to 1.2Mbytes; it meets all the latest EMVCo and Common Criteria EAL5+ security certifications.
Such performance satisfies today's most advanced Java Card 3.0.1 and Global Platform GP2.2 Secure Operating Systems, which enable shared access to a Secure Element by various service providers. These Secure Element ICs can be used in all possible form factors, covering SWP-SIM, SWP-MicroSD, Embedded Secure Element, and an advanced System in Package solution that stacks the Secure Element together with the NFC controller.
The ST21NFCA is available in package options including 4.5x4.5mm BGA64 or 5x5mm QFN32. The custom System-in-Package with embedded Secure Element is available to special order.
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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.