MediaTek's Hotknot To Compete Against NFC

The Taiwan based smartphone chip manufacturer – MediaTek announced its latest technology that helps connect devices wirelessly, with the help of newly invented proximity technology. The new invention called as "Hotknot" is designed to compete with NFC (Near Field Communication). NFC functions with the help of antennas and RF communication chip. Whereas, Hotknot will make use of special capacitor touch sensor ICs for touchscreens to send communication protocols. Gravity sensors will help in maintaining the actual contact and proximity sensors detects the presence of nearby devices.

MediaTek ensures that Hotknot can perform any job that NFC can. It will be a cheaper alternative over NFC. MediaTek has not detailed any specifications related to Hotknot, but they are hoping to bring Hotknot to a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and also to TVs.


MediaTek’s manufacturing partners like Oppo or Lenovo will be amongst the first ones to use the technology and they will receive a Hotknot software package at the end of March. In the initial phase, Hotknot will be integrated only in the its home market-China. MediaTek is also working on making the technology available globally with the help of internet players like Alibaba and Tencent.

Also, other handset manufacturers will be able to add Hotknot just by buying the advanced touch-controller chips with Hotknot. Hotknot can be a hit in China, as only a mere 10% of total smartphones sold in China are integrated with NFC. But, will it hold up against NFC in global market? Share your views about Hotknot below.

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  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    my view:NFC is still not widely used so there is a good probability that Hotknot can capture the market especially with advantage that it can be available for low end phones being cheap.
  • Abhishek Rawal
    Abhishek Rawal
    We had good discussion back then about NFC. #-Link-Snipped-#

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