System-in-package with no-tune antenna and simplifies and speeds NFC integration

February 18, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The all-in-one ComboPulse™ from Inside Secure is a secure near field communication (NFC) system-in-package (SiP). This is a drop-in, zero-tuning solution that makes it easy and inexpensive to add NFC functionality into a broad range of mainstream consumer electronic products, including tablets, entry-level mobile phones, personal media players and other smart mobile devices.

Combining the company's PicoPulse™ NFC RF front end “booster” chip, the company's VaultSEcure(TM) secure element with Java Card OS, an antenna and all passive components in a tiny DFN8 package, the ComboPulse SiP requires no additional hardware, no external antenna and no tuning to add best-in-class NFC card emulation and peer-to-peer functions to mobile products at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional NFC solutions.

The NFC card emulation capability provided by the ComboPulse SiP allows the mobile device to be used like a contactless smart card to communicate with standard contactless POS and other terminals to make purchases, validate tickets and coupons, accumulate loyalty points and perform banking and other secure transactions.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) mode operation provided by the ComboPulse device can simplify Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing between two consumer electronic devices. P2P can be used to easily exchange content or information with any NFC Forum compliant device and may be used to interact with a variety of TVs, cameras, security systems and other home devices.

The innovative ComboPulse design and small footprint of the ComboPulse SiP allows the choice of an optimized location in the handset (for instance at the top of the handset, close to the speaker) in order to achieve the best user experience when using it to pay or pair devices.