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Qualcomm Atheros NFC Chip Works On Ultra-Low Power, Features At Glance

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated has introduced a new ultra-low power near field communication (NFC) chip named as QCA1990 which it claims to the smallest and lowest power consuming system-on-chip (SoC) in the market. This chip will be paired with Qualcomm Atheros WCN3680 1-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chip to provide NFC services. Let’s have a look at its features:

    [*]50 percent smaller footprint than current NFC chips
    [*]Offers platform level integration with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and other next generation processors and modems for effective implementation with Qualcomm’s OEM partner devices
    [*]Software stack is compliant with NFC Forum Controller Interface (NCI)
    [*]State-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) performance exceeds requirements established by EMVCo and the NFC Forum
    [*]Supports antennas that are eight times smaller than the ones currently available in the market, thus offering cost savings for NFC integration for OEMs
    [*]Employs extremely low-power polling algorithms to prolong battery life

[caption id="attachment_44114" align="aligncenter" width="400"][​IMG] Using NFC To Buy Tickets[/caption]

This chip has also been pre-tested to meet the requirements of payment schemes, mobile operators and OEMs all across the world. This chip will go on a test run with customers from the first quarter of 2013 and its commercial implementation is expected to start in the third quarter.

Source: Qualcomm Press Releases Image Courtesy: NFC Forum

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