AMSTERDAM -- Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), leader in digital security, and NXP Semiconductors, the independent company founded by Philips, today announced their collaboration on SIM-enabled Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions based on the Single Wire Protocol (SWP). Both companies will together define and develop SIM products for SWP-based solutions to ensure interoperability with MIFARE technology as well as other widely deployed contactless protocols. This agreement will enable the industry to rapidly address the growing demand for NFC-based applications among telecom operators, service providers and consumers.
This initiative from NXP and Gemalto aims to facilitate the definition of standardized SIM-based NFC products. It will also speed up the availability of SIM-based NFC phones compliant with telecom operators requirements.
As co-inventor of NFC, NXP is committed to further broadening and strengthening the ecosystem along with other key industry players, said Christophe Duverne, senior vice president and general manager, Identification, NXP Semiconductors. We expect a significant proportion of NFC mobile phones to use the SIM as the secure element. Through our collaboration with Gemalto, we will define and support a common standard that is fully compliant with the existing contactless infrastructure, leveraging the expertise of our two companies in NFC, MIFARE and SIM. We are confident this will provide the industry with a solid foundation on which to build innovative NFC-based services.