Sony Ericsson to launch range of Android NFC phones

The handset maker has picked NXP to supply it with embedded secure elements and NFC controllers to go into its Android-based Xperia smartphones.

Sony Ericsson
SONY: New Android handsets will feature an embedded secure element

Sony Ericsson is to introduce a “portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions”. The handset maker has picked NXP to supply the NXP PN65 NFC solution, which includes the radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software, for its Android NFC phones.

“Building on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, chief technology officer at Sony Ericsson.  “NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences.”

“This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC,” said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO of NXP Semiconductors. “Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products two to four times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today.”

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