Inside secure debuts new NFC solution
Company releases open NFC protocol stack for Ice Cream Sandwich
A provider of semiconductor solutions for secure transactions, called Inside Secure, has launched the latest version of its open-source, open NFC protocol stack for the new Google Android 4.0 release, Ice Cream Sandwich.
The solution is available for download from the open Near Field Communication (NFC) website (http://www.open-nfc.org), the open NFC version 4.3.3 for Google Android 4.0 is compliant with the Ice Cream Sandwich release Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for NFC, and is designed to provide the NFC ecosystem with consistent NFC Application Program Interface (API) and functionality to implement NFC independently of the underlying NFC hardware. It is designed to support all the latest Android NFC features, including Android Beam and Wi-Fi direct pairing connection.
"The Ice Cream Sandwich release brings even greater NFC functionality to the Android operating system, and Inside is making our latest version of open NFC available to give connectivity chip vendors, smartphone and tablet manufacturers and software developers a head start in achieving NFC hardware independence," said Charles Walton, COO for Inside Secure. "Once again, INSIDE is offering the Android community a complete, open-source NFC stack solution that can be used to greatly speed development and time to market, requiring only that the small Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) portion be tailored for specific hardware."
The complete open-source HAL for Inside's MicroRead and SecuRead are also available for download. The HAL allows the open NFC protocol stack to be used immediately with Inside's MicroRead and SecuRead NFC chip platforms, and is designed to provide a convenient model for developing HALs for NFC chips from other manufacturers, as well as providing consistency across multiple platforms and devices as well as improved interoperability.
Inside has anticipated that the latest version of open NFC will be incorporated into Android-based smartphones and tablets that will ship in 2012.
Open NFC is designed to support several levels of functionality, from low-level RF control to high-level NFC forum tag handling, peer-to-peer communications as well as bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and compatibility with smart cards and RFID tags based on Felica, Mifare and ISO 14443 standards.
Inside Secure's open NFC 4.3.3 for ICS can be downloaded free from the open NFC web site.