NXP NFC controller: PN544, PN65, PN547 & variants

 

  • PN544 has 2 variants: PN544 C2 & PN544 C3.
    • PN544 C2 with FW version ranging from 106 to 110.16.
    • PN544 C3 with FW version ranging from 1.6 to 1.34.
    • It’s strange that C2 & C3 has 2 different version ranges. I guess they are considered different HW.
  • PN65 also has 2 variants: PN65N & PN65O.
    • PN65N = PN544 C2 + SmartMX.
    • PN65O = PN544 C3 + SmartMX.
  • PN547 is not out yet
    • C1 is only available for big customer. Version range: 6.3.7 to 6.3.11
NXP NFC controller: PN544, PN65, PN547 & variants

Popular content type encoded in NDEF record

– Plain text:
TNF_TYPE_NFCWELLKNOWN
Type: T

– Address book Contact:
TNF_TYPE_MEDIA
text/x-vCard

– Web address:
TNF_TYPE_NFCWELLKNOWN
Type: U (URI)
Protocol field: 0x01 “http://www.”

– Phone number:
TNF_TYPE_NFCWELLKNOWN
Type: U
Protocol field: 0x05 “tel:”

– SMS:
TNF_TYPE_NFCWELLKNOWN
Type: U (URI)
Protocol field: 0x00 “”
URI field: “sms: …”

Email:
TNF_TYPE_NFCWELLKNOWN
Type: U (URI)
Protocol field: 0x06 “mailto:”

Popular content type encoded in NDEF record

Interesting about android NFC whitelist nfcee_access.xml file

Since the wallet only works if its signature is in this whitelist file, we can deduce the business strategy.
Below is the list of app signatures in whitelist nfcee_access.xml file in different popular android phones:

– Nexus S, Nexus 4: Google wallet (of course).
I guess this is only way I get Google Wallet if you have T-Mobile & AT&T.
– Verizon Note 2: VZW ISIS + VZW CERT.
ISIS Wallet only.
– T-Mobile GS4: ISIS development + production.
ISIS Wallet only.
– International GS3: Google wallet + Samsung wallet.
Samsung has its own wallet too.
– Sprint GS3: Google wallet
– Sprint GS4: Google wallet + Sequent Wallet.
Reflecting Sprint new business deal with Sequent.

Interesting about android NFC whitelist nfcee_access.xml file

Medical NFC-enabled devices

Device Type Product Company
Pedometer FS-500A Estera
EX-950 YAMASA
UW-101NFC A&D
JP700-J/E/U AQ
Active monitor FS-700 Estera
MTN-200 Estera
Mi-700 Estera
Scale UC-324NFC A&D
Body composition monitor UC-411NFC A&D
Blood Pressure Monitor UA-767NFC A&D
Body composition monitor HBF-208IT OMRON HEALTHCARE
HBF-215F OMRON HEALTHCARE
Blood Pressure Monitor HEM-7250IT OMRON HEALTHCARE
Blood glucose monitoring MEDISAFE FIT TERUMO
MEDISAFE FIT VOICE TERUMO
Basal thermometer W520DZ TERUMO
Dog Pedometer WD-PU1
WD-BU1
FUJITSU
Medical NFC-enabled devices

NFC applications / products

Here are some products that use NFC:

  • Virtual press kits and business cards — Various execs and companies used NFC as a fast way to share their contact information and press releases. All people meeting them had to do was tap their NFC-enabled phone (sorry, iPhone users) to the item, typically a wristband or business card, to access the information. Samsung, for example, handed NFC-enabled wristbands to all attendees at its press conference, and Sharp gave out business cards embedded with its press release.
  • Information points such as posters — Caesars Entertainment, owner of eight hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, installed more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles in its resorts. Anyone with an NFC-enabled device will be able to tap the various TecTiles for information such as game tutorials, show times, restaurant menus, and ticket purchases.
  • Speakers — NFC is typically used in these devices to pair a smartphone to a speaker. The music is not actually streamed to the system via NFC but is shared through Bluetooth. Samsung and Sony were two notable companies with NFC speakers.
  • Headphones — The function is much like wireless speakers. Users tap their phone to the headphones to allow pairing for the transfer of music. Sony also makes these.
  • Boomboxes and other music players — Sony, again.
  • Cameras — At least two cameras introduced at CES included NFC capabilities: The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 and the Panasonic Lumix TS5. Along with built-in Wi-Fi, the cameras should enable “the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing, and instant sharing on social networks.”
  • TVs — LG and Sony were a couple big companies showing off NFC-enabled TVs at CES. Like with audio devices, NFC is used to pair a phone to the TV by tapping the two together.
  • Remote controls — In this instance, users tap their phones to their remote instead of their TV to pair the device to the television. Sony is one company doing this.
  • Appliances — LG showcased a slew of washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and vacuums with NFC technology. After pairing the appliance with a phone, users can program their products from afar, such as turning on a washing machine while still in the office.
  • Other weird kitchen items — Panasonic’s Asian operations have made an NFC-enabled rice cooker and a steam microwave oven. Users can search for recipes and program cooking instructions using their smartphones.
  • Computers — HP’s SpectreOne all-in-one desktop PC, announced in September, incorporates NFC technology, which it calls HP TouchZone. Via a sensor built into the base of the unit, users can log into the SpectreOne or transfer files to it by simply swiping a smartphone or another device equipped with NFC. HP’s Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook also includes NFC, as does Sony’s Vaio Tap 20 mobile desktop PC.
  • Smart meters for utility companies — Landis+Gyr in late 2011 said it was working with NXP Semiconductor on energy management products with integrated NFC.
  • Digital bubble gum machine — Digital advertising agency Razorfish last July developed a high-tech prototype version of the gum ball machine that allows users to download digital content like apps and movies to their NFC-enabled phone for a small fee.
  • Heart monitor — Impak Health, a joint venture between Swedish chipmaker Cypak and U.S.-based Meridian Health, developed the RhythmTrak heart monitor. The product tracks certain heart-related data, which can then be downloaded or sent to a clinician by placing it next to an NFC-enabled phone.
  • Wii U — It’s not really clear how NFC will be used in this Nintendo console, but it may allow users to do things like add new characters to games.
  • Cars — An NFC-enabled smartphone will be able to unlock Hyundai cars by 2015.
NFC applications / products