Dec 01 AT 1:50 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Samsung teases industry’s first NFC chip with flash memory

Today in Korea Samsung announced their new near field communications (NFC) chip with embedded flash memory. We have been keeping an eye on NFC because Google CEO Eric Schmidt said it would be a feature in Gingerbread and demonstrated it working on the Nexus S.

NFC is a short-range, high frequency wireless communication technology that only operates when two devices are about 4 inches apart. It is basically just another form of electronic identification except the ID is tied to a bank account or credit card company. All the user needs to do is just tap their NFC-enabled phone to a supported payment pad and complete the transaction.

Eric Schmidt said that in the future your phone could replace your credit card, so you can see how important this is to Google and their partners.

Samsung’s new NFC chip is the industry’s first to adopt flash for the embedded memory which allows handset makers to easily upgrade its software or firmware. If Google is in fact using this Samsung chip in the Nexus S, we expect it will become the standard for NFC in Android devices.

Although Samsung’s new NFC chip is scheduled for mass production in the first quarter of 2011, we have no information available as to when it will be incorporated into U.S. devices. We were expecting that Android 2.3 and the Nexus S would launch in the next few weeks, but it appears that the project has been delayed and we might not see it till early 2011.

Hopefully, we will be receiving more information on the Samsung Nexus S and its NFC chip soon.

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Samsung’s New Near Field Communication Chip Offers Increased Wireless Connectivity for Mobile Handsets

SEOUL, Korea, December 1, 2010 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today its new near field communications (NFC) chip with embedded flash memory. Leveraging a low power design and advanced RF sensitivity, Samsung’s latest chip offers designers a competitive choice for next-generation smart phones with NFC capabilities. NFC enabled devices can instantly establish a wireless peer-to-peer connection and directly handover to Bluetooth and/or WiFi connection for fast, convenient data transmission.

“NFC is recognized throughout the industry as an easy and effective way to transmit encrypted information between mobile devices or between mobile devices and other stationary NFC-enabled devices such as kiosks,” said Tae-Hoon Kim, vice president of DDI and C&M marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “As momentum builds for adoption of NFC technology in next-generation/ upcoming smart phones, we look forward to securing a competitive footing in NFC-based solutions with our new NFC technology, offering powerful mobile characteristics such as low power design and advanced RF sensitivity.”
NFC is a short-range (up to 10cm or 4inches), high frequency wireless communication technology which allows devices such as smart phones to collect or transmit data to another NFC-enabled device without manual configuration to identify devices. In addition, NFC chip can play a role as a contactless smartcard in use for public transportation payments for bus and subway fares and mobile banking payments. It can also read RFID tags in retail stores or on outdoor billboards for convenient on-the-spot data access.

By leveraging its extensive experience in low power design, Samsung developed this NFC chip to have minimal power consumption in both active and stand-by mode. With a 20 percent decrease in power consumption, Samsung’s NFC chip remains active for mobile payment even without battery power.
Samsung’s new NFC chip is the industry’s first to adopt flash for the embedded memory which allows device designers to easily to upgrade software or firmware. For seamless integration and customer design efficiencies, Samsung also provides a software protocol stack and technology services for antenna design and tuning. Through such features and support, designers can reduce their product’s time—to-market.

According to market research firm, IMS Research, the mobile phone market is forecast to grow from 1.4 billon units in 2011 to 1.8 billion units in 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of seven percent. In 2011,NFC-enabled phone models are expected to gain pace and the ratio of mobile phones with NFC capabilities is expected to reach 26 percent in 2015.

Samsung’s new NFC chip is scheduled for mass production in the first quarter of 2011.

The new NFC solution will be displayed at the CARTES 2010 from December 7th through 9th at the Samsung booth 3C 035 in hall 3 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center.

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  • http://Website alex

    Looks like Google won’t be getting in on the holiday shopping with their nexus s.

    • http://Website darcy

      i dont think any carrier/manufacturer has anything new for you to purchase for the holiday.

    • falmc

      Yeah this has really crushed my hopes of a dual core nexus =/

      Guess ill hold out for the awesome dual core news tweeted about, but with my contract up tomorrow the Desire HD is getting really tempting now my G1 is really showing its age.

    • falmc

      dual core nexus soon*


  • http://Website Steffen

    I think Google is really going to hurt themselves if they actually wait until next year to introduce Gingerbread. Even if their flagship Gingerbread phone isn’t out until next year, I think it would benefit them to at least announce Gingerbread and show off some features before people purchase phones for Christmas.

  • http://Website katvo

    I’m not to sure how I feel about this NFC thing. Do you have to type in a code before the transaction is processed? What keeps people from stealing your phone and using like a credit card if it’s stolen? I realize the there are security issues now with the current model phones getting stolen, but this seems like a much bigger risk. Maybe I just don’t know enough about it yet…

    • Ka-Hing Cheung

      I imagine you should lock your phone so even if you lose your phone, people won’t be able to use it for purchases.

      • http://Website katvo

        That phone lock is garbage. When a friend of mine suspected his wife was having an affair on him, he took her phone one night and sat in the bathroom for a few hours until he got the pattern right to unlock it.
        It takes but just a few hours to get the pattern right to figure out the pattern, and bam, all your info, in the hands of anyone…. And possibly a thief. Sounds like a terrible idea to me.

    • http://Website Rev. Spaminator

      I have to agree. I mean, couldn’t someone just boost the signal/sensitivity on their hacker hardware and “near field” jumps from 4 inches to 40 feet?

  • http://Website mr Rabbit

    Great. Just great. More ways to have your identity stolen…

  • http://Website Antwan

    I wonder if this will work with existing “Contact-less” Card reader systems found at Best Buy, Sprint, 7 Eleven and the 100′s of other locations that have it? If they are smart they would at least make it backwards compatible to insure quick adoption.

  • http://Website adryan

    Yeah im going to have to stop at dual core. 1ghz was awsome and all the overclocking capabilities. But seriously Dual core is what i have been drooling over but the concept of tricore or quad really doesnt excite me. I mean honestly what are we going to be doing with quadcore phones. You will still need a pc to play online games and such cause our phones would need huge hard drives to be able do anything near that. There are no apps or anything that can barely take advantage of the 1ghz proccessors and much less a dual,tri, or quad. Also I imagine that the price might go up substantially for the tri or quad.So again do we really need tri or quad? No i dont think so. Now dual-core sounds good especially to help with the battery of the current android phones at 800-1000mhz.

    • http://Website adryan

      Sorry I put this comment in the wrong article. Meant to put in the Quad core article

  • Valerian Texeira

    My paper “” now in the talks highly about the “Near field Communication” NFC chips in the future cell phones and its great importance to society to get rid of corruption. In the coming days or years the NFC gradually going replace the Cash money and eventually completely get rid of the Cash money (currency). It is necessary that the devices (cell-phones) having NFC must also importantly should have the Biometric Identity crucially for security reason to prevent cyber crimes but most importantly to prevent these people becoming target of all sorts of crimes like fraud, theft, mugging, burglary, robbery etc, even from getting murdered for the money. There should be a limit to the amount of money these NFC’s can hold and these cell phones need to be equipped with the internet connection so the money can be transferred (deposited and withdrawn) online from the persons bank account to the NFC while its transaction data details gets downloaded and recorded in the banks digital data storage. In short, this will make sure every money transaction between people, licit as well illicit gets recorded in the banks providing concrete evidence of any such economic crimes any times afterwards. This in turn will most effectively deter people from indulging in all kinds of corruptions and crimes as a whole.
    Herby I request you please to help in informing this most important anti-corruption feature of the NFC to the people. My other blog titled at – Valerian Texeira

  • ken

    Great article! I think future cell phones may be imbedded under the skin or something like that..scary to consider but tech is increasing so fast. We already put them in he ear, why not go further.