How to Reach Peak RF Performance when Designing an NFC/RFID Reader

Learn how NFC/RFID works and what you need to develop a high-performance reader system




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In this 1-hour, on-demand webinar we examine a basic Near-Field Communication (NFC) reader system, including the input/output signals and key components surrounding the reader—the EMC filter, RX attenuator, antenna, and matching network. We explain why these components are important and how they should function in a reader design to ensure optimized RF performance. We also cover the internal blocks of a typical reader system and their primary functions.

You will be introduced to the devices that make up ST's RFID reader IC and chip portfolio, including newcomers such as the ST25R3916/17 and automotive-grade ST25R3920, with particular focus on the advanced features of the market-leading ST25R3916 NFC universal device & EMVCo reader.

You will learn:

  • The roles of the major NFC/RFID reader components and how they operate
  • The key requirements and functional blocks of an NFC/RFID reader system
  • About the newest additions to ST's high-performance reader portfolio


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Dan Merino is a Staff Application Engineer supporting the RFID/NFC product portfolio at STMicroelectronics, a position he has held since 2016. He began his career in 1984 as a test technician for radar altimeters, military communications and threat simulators, and has since worked as a design engineer for drone landing systems and high power pulse modulators, and as an R&D design engineer for televisions and set top boxes. He began his Field Application career in 2005. In 2011, Dan joined ST as a field application engineer supporting the entire analog, MEMS and sensors portfolio, but specializing in RF products, including RFID. Dan is from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering.