NFC comes to Broadcom's broadband platform

December 08, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED™) software development kit (SDK) from Broadcom now integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and NFC into single development kit. It enables a seamless tap-and-connect consumer experience for IoT devices and simplifies integration of NFC for developers in home, medical, retail and enterprise segments.

The WICED SDK with NFC simplifies the set-up process between mobile and smart devices. The tap-to-activate capability of NFC enables a user to touch, for example, their smartphone to a portable speaker and instantly launch a music streaming application without a complex set-up menu. The tap-to-control experience for NFC-enabled products is promoted for smart home and medical devices where the user is likely to interact with a variety of devices with limited or no display or graphical user interface (UI).

By integrating NFC, Broadcom enables developers to create more complex products with a wider variety of use cases. For example, by tapping their smartphone to a smart thermostat, a user is instantly recognised and the house is automatically set to their preferred temperature.

"Broadcom is the first to integrate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart onto a single platform, and today we further distance ourselves from the competition by adding NFC to our WICED software stack," said Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom Senior Director, Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Combos. "The massive potential of NFC combined with the proliferation of the Internet of Things creates significant opportunities for Broadcom and our customers across a range of growing markets including home, medical, retail and enterprise."

NFC users are expected to reach more than 500 million by 2019 according to Juniper Research, NFC Mobile Payments, October 2014.

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