Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 8 tablet equipped with NXP Semiconductors’ PN544 NFC chip at the Microsoft BUILD conference this week in Anaheim, Calif.
According to NXP, the NFC-enabled demo tablet can pair and share information with other connected devices by holding them in close proximity, as well as read information from tags, posters and contactless cards.
The tablet can also be used to transfer control from one device to another, such as to initiate a transfer of a video call from a tablet to another NFC-enabled device.
According to NXP, developers and computing equipment manufacturers can use NFC support for Windows 8 to offer a variety of services, such as offering promotions, coupons, and discount codes via NFC tags and posters; bringing physical touch points to online social networking for enhanced check-in experience; perform surveys and brand reviews; add NFC-enabled tokens to unlock or enhance a gaming experience; and enable content delivery in document, audio or video format.
Ruediger Stroh, executive VP and general manager of NXP’s Identification Business, comments: “NFC support for Windows 8 is a significant step in the roll out of this game-changing technology and truly signifies that the time of NFC is now,” said “NFC offers consumers an unprecedented user experience and we are very excited to be working with Microsoft to offer NFC for Windows 8.”