Innovision Research & Technology has made version two of its GEM NFC semiconductor technology available for licensing.
GEM 2 is designed to enable NFC devices and global NFC interoperability with existing and emerging standards for contactless payment, mass transit ticketing, access control and smart objects, including ISO/IEC 18092, 21481, 14443A&B, and 15693.
According to IR&T, the GEM 2 is the only 1.8V NFC solution available, and can now be implemented on 65nm and 40nm CMOS processes, which the company says is vital for integration into high-volume SoC (System on Chip) designs targeted at mobile phones.
SoCs integrating the GEM 2 IP will include wireless “combo” chips, typically combining Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS and WiFi, as well as NFC, cellular baseband devices and other microprocessors, DSPs and wireless chips.
IR&T claims the high level of integration enabled by the GEM 2 IP greatly reduces the cost of deploying NFC technology in consumer devices and is already speeding-up global mass-market deployment of NFC.
The company’s VP Marketing, Stephen Graham, says several major global semiconductor companies are already integrating GEM 2 into their SoCs.