NEC Casio Mobile Communications has selected chip maker, STMicroelectronics, to provide near field communication (NFC) controller for its new Android smartphones.
Near field communication allows smartphones and other mobile appliances to connect wirelessly to a wide range of contactless cards and devices, typically for mobile payment.
ST's tested and certified NFC controller IC and its Embedded Secure Element will offer contactless apps and services to smartphones.
Yoshifumi Sakaguchi, general manager, Common Platform Development Division at NEC Casio, said the compatible nature of the NFC controller and secure element render it an ideal choice for their next-generation smartphones.
"With growing interest in mobile payment schemes, including NFC capabilities and a compatible Secure Element on our new phones was an important feature," he said.
Marie-France Florentin, general manager, Secure Microcontrollers Division at ST, said the successful trial of NFC technology on all interoperability tests is a catalyst for further innovation on contactless services for future next-generation smartphones.
The handset is currently available through LGU+ in South Korea.
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