NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a collaboration with Google to provide an open source software stack for Near Field Communications (NFC).
The NFC stack will be integrated and validated on Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android platform. Google also integrated NXP’s NFC controller (PN544) into its Nexus S phone, co-developed by Google and Samsung, offering users access to NFC based services and applications. These moves bring NFC to the consumer and developer and device manufacturing communities around the world.
With more than 100,000 applications and an community of developers Android is a player in the smart phone and mobile device world. With developers now able to access an open source NFC implementation, NXP hopes to drive the development of applications that extend the touch interface of mobile applications beyond the devices screen.
It also enables manufacturers to develop NFC enabled mobile devices with a faster time to market and lower implementation and development costs.