NXP Powers BenQ T80 Mobile Phone with Advanced NFC Features

NXP Semiconductors announces that its secure smart card and Near Field Communication (NFC) chip solutions have been selected by BenQ for its forthcoming T80 phone the first commercially available NFC mobile from BenQ to be released before the end of the year. BenQ has selected NFC solutions from NXP for its entire new line of NFC-enabled handsets.

The BenQ T80 phone is the world's first handset to store NFC applications in the Secure Digital Memory card. The microSD card will host a range of NFC applications for mobile wallet, transport ticketing and security to be stored on the embedded, highly secure NXP SmartMX chip. For service providers, storing NFC applications on the SD memory card makes it possible to host a wide variety of applications on a single integrated device. Consumers benefit from the convenience of being able to remove and reuse the microSD card when they switch to other NFC phones.

The BenQ T80 handset itself will be equipped with the NXP PN532 NFC chip featuring new middleware from NXP, making it the first phone on the market that is in line with the latest NFC Forum specifications. The new middleware facilitates the interconnection of NFC devices and seamless interoperability with the existing contactless infrastructure.

The BenQ NFC phone will be used for applications such as electronic ticketing and payment for passengers of the Taipei transportation system, who will be able to take advantage of the contactless functionality embedded in the microSD card. Other applications will include electronic wallet services and access control for private security systems. The BenQ T80 phone is scheduled for release before the end of the year.

The BenQ T80 uses the NXP PN532 chip with the first software module on the market in line with the latest NFC Forum specifications. The NFC Forum Reference Implementation (FRI) enables NFC reader / writer path, fully compliant with NFC Forum Tag Types and Data Exchange format specifications. It also allows peer-to-peer mode, as well as card emulation, which enables applications such as mobile payment, e-ticketing and transport. Further, the middleware also offers automatic device detection, registration and notification, simplifying secure connection to any NFC technologies in the field.

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