NXP Semiconductors N.V., developer for ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection and NFC solutions, announced a new series of ESD protection devices specifically designed to protect NFC (Near Field Communication) antennas in mobile devices from transient voltages. The PESD18VF1BL and PESD24VF1BL are 18 V and 24 V bi-directional diodes with a capacitance down to 0.35 pF (typ). Housed in small, leadless DFN1006-2 (1.0 x 0.6 x 0.48 mm, 0402 inch) package, the new ESD protection diodes are ideal for today’s compact and slim smartphones.
Coles has launched Australia’s first consumer trial of the latest in contactless credit card technology, with the introduction of the new Coles Pay Tag™. The trial will enable a sample group of 5,000 customers to pay with their credit card and earn flybuys points, by simply using a Coles Pay Tag™ attached to their mobile phone.
Australian customers are actively seeking more convenient, time-saving ways to pay in the supermarket and this has resulted in Coles being one of the largest MasterCard® PayPassTM retailers in the world, with contactless payments increasing at Coles by over 70% in the last year.
SMARTRAC N.V., a developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders, tags and inlays, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Round Rock Research LLC to resolve a RFID patent dispute.
Rio de Janeiro will be the first city in Brazil to launch a pilot program enabling mobile NFC ticketing for public transportation. This innovative initiative is a pioneering partnership between RioCard Tecnologia da Informação, Gemalto, Motorola Mobility and the country’s four leading mobile operators - Claro, Oi, Telefónica and TIM, supported by the GSMA. Two hundred users of buses, trains and ferries have been selected to collaborate with these companies in this three-month pilot, which is expected to conclude in December 2013.