NXP Semiconductors has strategically collaborated with Google to provide a complete open source software stack for Near Field Communications (NFC).
As per the deal, the NFC stack will be completely integrated and validated on the latest version of the Android platform known as Gingerbread.
NXP's NFC controller (PN544) has also been integrated into Google's newly released Nexus S phone. Codeveloped by Google and Samsung, this mobile device offers users access to compelling NFC based services and applications.
NXP notes that these announcements deliver the richness of NFC to the consumer and developer and device manufacturing communities all around the world.
Android is growing in popularity in the smartphone and mobile device world and currently has more than 100,000 applications and an extensive community of developers. According to NXP, developers are now able to access an open source NFC implementation, and the company will thus help drive the development of new applications that extend the touch interface of mobile applications beyond the devices screen.
With this strategic collaboration, NXP has also assisted manufacturers to develop NFC enabled mobile devices with a faster time to market and lower implementation and development costs.
"Android's openness has provided a great platform for accelerated innovations," said Eric Chu, Mobile Platforms program manager, Google. "We are always looking for creative ways to enhance and extend the utilities of mobile devices with new technologies."
"With NXP's contribution, the introduction of NFC in Android provides developers, service providers, and device manufacturers a game-changing opportunity to deliver new services while enabling users to interact with each other and the physical world in ways previously not possible."
Enhanced smartphone experiences
In addition to offering consumers a high level of convenience, interactivity and security with their mobile devices, NFC further enhances their smartphone experiences by linking the virtual world of applications with the physical environment.
NFC devices can pair with accessories and interact on a peer-to-peer level by using natural touch gestures. This helps in the exchange of data and connection to a huge installed base of reader and tag infrastructures.
"Although only two years old, industry analysts are already suggesting that Android will be the number two mobile platform by 2014. Google's adoption of the technology will be a catalyst for the industry to drive the further adoption of NFC at both the handset and application levels," said Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager, Identification Business, NXP Semiconductors. "Open source development environments will push the boundaries of innovation and drive revolutionary new services and applications for mobile devices."