Samsung targets NFC on mobiles in Japan


Samsung Electronics is working with near field communication (NFC) system specialist FeliCa Networks to support the adoption of  NFC-based mobile wallet in Japan.

Samsung will develop NFC compatible FeliCa IC devices to support NFC-based secure transactions on mobile devices. These will be NFC-SAM (Secure Application Module) chips which can be used for applications including prepaid money, credit cards and transportation tickets.

“We are pleased to work with FeliCa Networks to provide NFC-SAM IC solution based on our deep expertise in advanced RF sensitivity and data encryption technologies,” said Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

 ”We are delighted to collaborate with Samsung, a leading semiconductor company, to introduce new NFC-SAM IC solution based on our expertise and experience in development of mobile contactless technology and platform operation since 2004,” said Hirotaka Sugiyama, President of FeliCa Networks.

Samsung is designing the NFC controller to comply with international standard ISO/IEC 14443/18092 (Type A/B and FeliCa) and the FeliCa SAM chip with advanced security capabilities.

FeliCa Networks will ensure the interoperability with mobile contactless infrastructure in Japan, which consists of FeliCa (NFC-F) readers and Osaifu-Keitai (mobile wallet) phones.

The commercial deployment of the new NFC-SAM chips is targeted for 2013.

Tags: NFC, Samsung

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