Philips and Sony define near field RF communications

Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corporation are to jointly develop a new near field radio-frequency communication technology that will enable short-range communication between consumer devices.

Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corporation are to jointly develop a new near field radio-frequency communication technology (NFC) that will enable short-range communication between consumer devices.

The wireless NFC technology will operate on 13.56 MHz and allow for the transfer of data between NFC enabled devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras and PDA’s as well as PC’s, laptops, game consoles or PC Peripherals, across a distance of up to twenty centimetres and at speeds fast enough to transfer high quality images.

At communication speed up to 212 kbit/sec, the NFC technology is fully compliant with both Philips’ existing Mifare and Sony’s FeliCa contactless smartcard technologies.

The companies aim to build NFC-compliant devices which incorporate smart-key and smartcard reader functions, enabling consumers to use the devices to access services such as credit card payment, ticketing, and online entertainment simply by holding devices or smartcards near each other. In use, the consumer’s primary NFC device (e.g. a mobile phone or PDA) will be able to act as a smart-key to gain access to chosen services from any NFC device.

Philips and Sony will both promote the NFC technology as an open standard. The companies also intend to explore new applications with content and network service providers.

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