NFC makes inroads to automotive-bound applications

February 27, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
At Mobile World Congress 2017, NXP Semiconductors N.V., has announced that five leading car OEMs will equip their future cars with NFC devices from NXP.

This technology will enable secure interactions between smartphones and smart cars such as complementary car access, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, personalization and payment.

NFC continues to gain momentum with consumers fueled by the popularity of NFC-enabled mobile phones and wearables. NFC devices can interact within smart city infrastructures to provide secure access to hotel rooms, health clubs, public transport, parking entry, stadiums and other smart cars.

The NXP NCx3320 is an automotive-grade NFC frontend IC optimized for secure car access that enables the next level of capabilities for secure convenience. The NCx3320 complements the previously launched NCx3340 NFC controller family that is popular and well established in the automotive market.

The NCx3320 sets new benchmarks for low-power operation and phone/card detection distance, making it an ideal choice for exterior car applications like smart car access. Qualified over -40°C up to 125°C, it comes with a generic software library, which is easily portable across different MCUs, reducing significantly application development times.