Inside Secure, a leader in semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity, today revealed that it is integrating its near field communication (NFC) solutions into a next-generation smartphone from a leading mobile phone manufacturer scheduled to be introduced by mid-year.
The new smartphone will run on one of the most widely used mobile operating systems under license, and will utilize the INSIDE MicroRead(R) NFC controller chip and INSIDE Open NFC(TM) protocol stack software to deliver a rich set of NFC capabilities to support a broad range of NFC applications.
"We are very pleased to be providing this NFC implementation for this advanced smartphone, and to have earned the confidence of major OEMs and operators in this industry," said Charles Walton, general manager and EVP for INSIDE Secure. "Being selected by this major handset maker highlights how our NFC solutions continue to build momentum and achieve strong positions as the NFC market moves into the mainstream."
According to Walton, INSIDE's Open NFC software along with MicroRead and SecuRead devices have already been deployed in millions of smartphones.
The INSIDE NFC implementation for the new smartphone features a rich set of NFC capabilities, which will make it possible for people to use their mobile phones to pay when they shop or take public transit, get useful information or call a taxi by tapping smart tags in posters, exchange virtual business cards, pair Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi networks more quickly and engage in other useful or entertaining transactions.
Further details will be announced by mid-year when this new smartphone is planned to be introduced commercially.
Furthermore, INSIDE Secure announces it has shipped 20 million MicroRead(R) and SecuRead(R) NFC solutions for use in a broad range of mobile devices since February 2011, with 10 million of those shipments taking place in the past three months.