STMicroelectronics strengthens position in NFC technology market

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company,
announced the strengthening of its position in the Near-Field Communication
(NFC) market by extending user’s ability to read, write and transfer
information on ST’s dual-interface Memory to a broad range of industrial and
consumer applications.

ST’s M24LR64 wireless memory has the ability to transmit
and receive information from the heart of an application to a smartphone
containing NFC technology or to an industrial RFID (Radio-Frequency
Identification) reader, allowing for transactions, data exchange, object
identification and tracking to occur rapidly.

NFC is a short-range technology operating at 13.56MHz
that is being implemented on smartphones to enable customers to make payments,
such as for public transit and in convenience stores, using their mobile

The technology can also permit communication between
NFC-enabled devices. Partnerships already announced between major US wireless
carriers and credit-card companies will drive NFC technology into 30.5 percent
of all handsets shipped in 2015, according to market-research firm IHS iSuppli.

A new App called Dual EE, which operates on the
Android operating system, delivers full compatibility with ST’s M24LR64
wireless memory. The app connects an NFC-enabled smartphone to a prototype
temperature recorder featuring ST’s unique M24LR64 wireless memory and
demonstrates data transfer and storage.

These capabilities are easily transferable to a broad
range of products, including medical devices, home appliances, consumer
electronic products and meters. Adoption of NFC technology and ST’s innovative
memory will cut the cord and grant users more freedom in saving and exchanging
information wherever they want.

The combination of this new Android app and our
innovative dual-interface wireless EEPROM memory will allow users to
communicate with a wide range of electronic devices via their NFC-enabled
smartphones,”; said Benoit Rodrigues, general manager of ST’s Memories

Together, the dual-interface EEPROM and Android app
provide a launch pad for consumer-tech innovations offering users new types of
benefits via NFC. The memory can also operate with RFID equipment used in the
supply chain.  

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