LG Electronics has developed an NFC-enabled phone using a system-on-chip from STMicroelectronics. The KU380-NFC phone with ST’s ST21NFCA chip features MasterCard’s PayPass contactless payment capabilities enabled by a (U)SIM card, as well as contactless reader functions.
The KU380-NFC phone, which is among the first NFC-enabled handsets, supports applications running either on the terminal processor or on the (U)SIM card. Taking advantage of the ST21NFCA capabilities to support both NFC card-emulation and reader modes, the KU380-NFC phone will allow mobile network operators to validate and accelerate NFC technology deployment.
ST and LG have combined an open architecture with the latest ETSI standards, such as the host controller interface, single wire protocol for communication with the (U)SIM card in addition to 13.56MHz-based RF communication standards. The first prototypes, featuring a Gemalto (U)SIM card, are being demonstrated at the CARTES and IDentification Show in Paris.