SINGAPORE: NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that its PN544 Near Field Communication (NFC) radio controller will support Windows 8. NXP worked closely with Microsoft to develop a NFC driver for Windows 8, enabling a variety of use cases that are triggered by close proximity or a “tap”. NXP also confirms that it is supplying the NFC solution on the Windows 8-based tablets distributed at the Microsoft BUILD conference, taking place between September 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
NFC technology offers a high level of convenience and through simple touch gestures allows various device, such as tablets, notebooks, PCs, smartphones and other computing devices, to easily interact with each other or with passive devices, such as tags, labels and posters. The “Tap to pair/ Tap to share” and other use cases available with Windows 8 include device/accessory pairing, in which one can tap to pair with Bluetooth headset or speaker for example, and ease of data sharing between devices.
NFC can also be used to transfer control from one device to another, such as to initiate a transfer of a video call from a tablet to another NFC-enabled device. NFC has the unique capability to link the physical world with the Cloud, enabling the tablet to interact with smart posters and other devices equipped with a NFC tag.
Developers and computing equipment manufacturers can take advantage of NFC support for Windows 8 to offer a wide variety of consumer and enterprise use cases such as offering promotions, coupons, and discount codes via NFC tags and posters; bringing physical touch points to online social networking for enhanced check-in experience; perform surveys and brand reviews; add NFC-enabled tokens to unlock or enhance a gaming experience; and, enable content delivery in document, audio or video format.
“We chose to work with NXP’s NFC solution because they are a proven technology leader in near field communication,” said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows product managerment, Microsoft Corp. “NXP has a deep understanding of NFC and we are working with them to deliver the right hardware, software and support to bring this technology to our partners, developers, and ultimately the consumer.”
“NFC support for Windows 8 is a significant step in the roll out of this game-changing technology and truly signifies that the time of NFC is now,” said Ruediger Stroh, executive VP and GM, Identification Business, NXP Semiconductors. “NFC offers consumers an unprecedented user experience and we are very excited to be working with Microsoft to offer NFC for Windows 8.”