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Near Field Communication (NFC) was born as a specialized subset of the 13.56MHz RFID technology in 2002. Initially used for access control and public transport payment cards, the integration into credit / debit cards and smartphones is driving rapid growth not only for payment, but also as an always-on radio link for simple pairing, diagnostic readout, parameter programming and much more.

Being one of the pioneers of RFID and NFC technology, ST offers a comprehensive range of HF RFID/NFC products, covering all NFC application needs, supported by a rich ecosystem. The devices include NFC / RFID tags, Dynamic NFC tags, NFC / RFID readers & NFC controllers, including secure element for secure NFC applications and turnkey solutions.

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Learn about Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology and how ST helps you build the most effective and secure solutions for all your NFC applications.

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The ST25T product family offers a wide range of RFID NFC tag ICs with memory sizes from 512-bits to 64-Kbit.

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ST25 Dynamic NFC Tags

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ST's dynamic RFID NFC tags feature up to 64-Kbit of EEPROM memory which can be accessed either through an RF contactless interface operating at 13.56 MHz or a low-power I2C interface.

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ST25 NFC/RFID Readers

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The ST25R series of RFID NFC reader ICs covers a wide span of RF power requirements and its combination of unique features makes it suited for a broad range of applications.

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ST21 NFC Controllers

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The ST21NFCD is a single NFC controller designed for integration in mobile devices and NFC compliant products. Supported communication modes include Card Emulation, Reader/Writer and P2P (Peer to Peer).

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ST33 / ST54 Secure NFC

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The secure microcontroller family is designed to meet advanced security and performance requirements for applications including NFC-SIM, NFC embedded secure element, embedded SIM and machine-to-machine (M2M) for industrial and automotive markets.

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About NFC technology


NFC, or Near-Field Communication, is a technology used to provide short-range wireless connectivity for 2-way interaction between electronic devices.

NFC is a flavor of RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification), with additional and specific sets of standards ensuring interoperability of NFC-enabled equipment. NFC standards determine, among other things, the operating environment, the data formats, the transfer rates and the modulation.

NFC uses inductive coupling between NFC devices, and operates with electromagnetic field at 13.56 MHz, a license-free allocation in the HF portion of the radio spectrum. An NFC device can draw power from the field generated by another NFC device, thus making it exempt of power supply, and to take the form of tiny objects such as tags, stickers, key remote controls or cards.

Because the transmission range is short, NFC-enabled transactions are inherently more secure than transactions based on other wireless technologies. With little energy required to cover the interaction zone with the RF electromagnetic field, the NFC devices operate at very low power, making them ideal for battery-powered devices such as smartphones.

About NFC Forum

NFC is promoted and maintained by the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association created with the goal to advance the use of NFC technology in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs. The NFC Forum promotes implementation and standardization of the NFC technology to ensure interoperability between devices and services.

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