Panasonic’s NFC +FeRAM technology & platform, now in distribution

February 20, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Available from distributor RS Components and positioned as an easy to use NFC platform, Panasonic’s product range comprises highly integrated NFC chips and development tools for wireless-solution development

RS says it is making design of Near Field Communication (NFC) applications more accessible by introducing the Panasonic NFC tag platform. The NFC chips simplify tag design by integrating RF, signal-conditioning and host interface circuitry, as well as non-volatile 4 kbit FeRAM memory, in a surface-mount package. The device connects directly to an external antenna, and supports RF, serial and tunnel communication modes to manage data exchanges between host, reader, and tag.

The development tools include a selection of NFC tag boards containing the IC, antenna and a host connector, as well as evaluation kits that comprise the NFC tag board and a generic microcontroller board. Using either approach allows engineers to configure a prototype and begin testing their application using an NFC-enabled mobile handset or dedicated reader/writer. Embedded NFC tags designed using these tools support communicating with smart posters, home appliances, wearable devices, or office equipment such as printers. NFC also simplifies pairing of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi devices.

RS is currently stocking four types of NFC tag ICs. The MN63Y1210 IC is for NFC Forum Type-3 communication, and the MN63Y1208, MN63Y1212 and MN63Y1213 are capable of supporting Type-3/Type-4 communication. RF interfaces are compliant with JIS X 6319-4 (FeliCa) and ISO/IEC 14443 13.56MHz standards. The host interface can be a 38.4 kbps UART or 1 Mbps serial port when using the MN63Y1210. The MN63Y1208 and MN63Y1213 have an I ²C host interface capable of supporting AES128-encrypted communication.

RS Components; www.rs-online.com