PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS, one of two NFC IC suppliers to Apple, has introduced a development kit and software stack designed to make it easy to build NFC functionality into routers, set-top boxes, automotive infotainment systems, consumer electronics devices, home appliances and other NFC-enabled electronics products.
“Combining a market-proven NFC software stack from Stollmann E+V GmbH with the advanced features and high performance of the AS3911 NFC reader IC, this new development kit eases NFC adoption for any designer working with microcontrollers today,” says Rene Wutte, marketing manager for HF/NFC readers at AMS.
Full details are available in the press release below:
New development kit and software stack from ams make it easy to add NFC to microcontroller systems
AS3911 NFC development kit includes an NCI standard-based interface to Android, Linux and Windows operating systems
Unterpremstaetten, Austria, 22 September 2014 — ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensors, today released the AS3911 NFC development kit and interface software stack, which provide a blueprint for an NFC implementation in any microcontroller-based system.
NFC has already proved its popularity with consumers in applications such as contactless payments, and many OEMs are looking to add value to electronics products by providing a simple, secure, wireless NFC interface between a microcontroller and the outside world. The new AS3911 NFC development kit from ams eliminates the need for the OEM designer to implement a complete, proprietary software interface between a host microcontroller, its operating system and the NFC reader IC.
The software in the AS3911 development kit includes an NFC Controller Interface (NCI) stack, a standard-based modular firmware/software solution, operating from the hardware level up to the operating system. Developed in collaboration with Stollmann E+V GmbH, it manages the interaction between a microcontroller and any NFC/HF reader in the AS391x family from ams.
Fully compatible with the Android, Linux, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, the AS3911 development kit lets developers quickly and easily create NFC applications for multiple microcontrollers. The standard interface is suitable for any kind of NFC-enabled device, including routers, set-top boxes, automotive infotainment systems, consumer electronics devices and home appliances.
Because the NCI stack has a modular design, users can optimize it for their system, selecting only the features and functions required by their application. This means that designers can optimize for a minimal microcontroller processing overhead and memory usage, or for high performance and multi-protocol support.
The NCI supports all NFC protocols specified by the ISO standards organization, as well as providing extended functionality for proprietary card systems. It also supports the automatic antenna tuning feature provided by ams’s AS391x family of NFC readers.
‘Combining a market-proven NFC software stack from Stollmann E+V GmbH with the advanced features and high performance of the AS3911 NFC reader IC, this new development kit eases NFC adoption for any designer working with microcontrollers today,’ said Rene Wutte, Marketing Manager for HF/NFC readers at ams.
‘The broad adoption of NFC in mobile phones is leading to a new wave of interest in NFC from manufacturers of devices which can make a contactless bridge to mobile phones. Because of its AS391x family of NFC readers, ams is the ideal partner for Stollmann, which is positioned perfectly for the substantial market growth we expect,’ said Juergen Schick, CEO of Stollmann E+V GmbH. ‘Our easy to integrate software library complements the AS3911’s unique features, helping OEMs to achieve a faster time to market.’
The NCI software stack is compatible with various physical interfaces including UART, SPI and I2C.
The AS3911 development kit and NCI software stack are available immediately. The development kit may be ordered online from www.ams.com. For more information about the AS3911 NFC/HF reader or the AS3911 development kit, please go to www.ams.com/NFC-HF-Reader/AS3911.
AMS develops and manufactures high performance analog semiconductors that solve its customers’ most challenging problems with innovative solutions. ams’ products are aimed at applications which require extreme precision, accuracy, dynamic range, sensitivity, and ultra-low power consumption. ams’ product range includes sensors, sensor interfaces, power management ICs and wireless ICs for customers in the consumer, industrial, medical, mobile communications and automotive markets.
With headquarters in Austria and nine design centers worldwide ams employs over 1,500 people globally and serves more than 7,800 customers around the globe. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams can be found at www.ams.com.