Archive for November, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Nexus with NXP PN65
Written by NFC Admin Montag, 14 November 2011 04:35
In a press release NXP announces the NFC solution used in the upcoming Google experience phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Like in the Nexus S, Google again decides for the NXP PN65N. This chip contains an NFC controller as well as an embedded secure element (SmartMX) supporting both JavaCard as well as Mifare technology.
As already pointed out in our technology section, the PN65N is pin compatible with the PN544 (without embedded secure element), it is up to the manufacturer which option to choose.
Although the Galaxy Nexus uses the same NFC chip like the Nexus S, the upcoming OS Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) enhances the NFC capabilities: Users can easily exchange and beam data by holding two NFC enabled Android 4.0 phones close to each other.
Yet it is not clear whether Google will officially support SWP as well as SEEK in order to support the UICC as SE.
Inside the Samsung Galaxy S II NFC
Written by NFC Admin Dienstag, 1 November 2011 11:15
The NFC Version of the Galaxy S II was already announcing at the MWC in Barcelona this year. The device comes currently in two versions. One without NFC and one with NFC. The NFC version is already available in Asia. European countries will receive the device in November/December, if requested by the operators. The NFC version of the Samsung Galaxy S II comes with a PN544. The antenna of the device is located in the Battery back. (note the 4-pin connector to the battery; usually there are only 3 pins).
In the non-NFC version the NFC chips itself is missing. You can see the ball grid array where the chips will be placed. Although the Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t equipped with an embedded secure element, this could change in the future. NXP Chip platform is very flexible and the PN544 (no secure element) and the PN65 (with secure element) are PIN compatible. So for the handset manufacture it makes no difference if they use an embedded secure element or not form a production perspective. Nevertheless the PN65 is more expensive as it comes with an embedded JavaCard based smartcard chip – the SmartMX.
For a full hardware teardown of the galaxy S II please see ifixit.com
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