NXP delivers NFC to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 devices

October 30, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has revealed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system will integrate the software stack of NXP’s NFC controller, the PN544, enabling rich user experiences and convenient interactions for mobile users.

By being pre-integrated and end-to-end validated by Microsoft, NXP’s NFC technology becomes the smart choice for handset manufacturers to deliver NFC enabled smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 quickly to market.

Providing access to an open source NFC implementation, OEMs can be assured that they will be designing a working, advanced NFC solution that provides advanced user experiences. Multiple Microsoft OEM partners have already announced Windows Phone 8 handsets with NFC, including HTC, Nokia and Samsung.

Windows Phone 8 smartphones with NFC will be able to use a range of exciting NFC applications that provide contactless convenience and simplicity but also security for mobile transactions. Users can tap a tag to check in at a restaurant, tap a smart poster to access links to a website, or tap another NFC enabled device to share content such as a picture or video. With a secure element, NFC also enables a virtual wallet with credit cards, loyalty cards and coupons for mobile transactions, plus solutions for mobile ticketing and access control, where NXP has a proven leadership position in the smart card-based Identification market. The integration of NFC into the operating system layers ensures the user convenience of accessing all these powerful functions through a simple tap. Additionally, NFC further enables interoperability by connecting Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8-based devices such as laptops, ultrabooks and tablets.

 “Enabling scenarios between NFC devices is a key component of Microsoft’s shared Windows core. Thus, it was natural to work with NXP since they offer market leadership and a proven complete NFC portfolio that brings a great user experience to mobile devices,” said Michael Connolly, principal program manager, Windows Phone division, Microsoft.

Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager, Identification business, NXP Semiconductors, said: “NFC enables the smart mobile life with applications such as ticketing, proximity marketing, access, identity or payments across a variety of devices. What NXP drives from an applications perspective is