CES: Broadcom debuts automotive Near Field Communications chip - Embedded.com

CES: Broadcom debuts automotive Near Field Communications chip

Broadcom Corporation has expanded its connected car device offerings with the introduction of its new BCM89095 automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. The highly-integrated chip with tap-to-connect technology simplifies the set-up process for mobile device connectivity within the vehicle and enables comfort and convenience applications such as keyless entry and vehicle settings. Visit Broadcom's 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) site to learn more at www.connectingeverything.com.

Drivers can pair a mobile device by simply tapping it against the dashboard, rather than navigating menus on two separate screens. In addition, integration of NFC in a windshield allows an NFC-enabled digital key to exchange data such as authentication, user profile and vehicle information – an application that will be especially useful in simplifying the car rental process. NFC-enabled digital key use can also be extended beyond the vehicle for tasks such as mobile payments and access to restricted buildings or parking garages.

The ultra-low-power, small form factor NFC chip reduces power consumption by 60 percent, uses 30 percent fewer components and a 35 percent smaller board area than previous generation devices. The automotive-grade device is optimized to meet the stringent requirements of the automotive industry including extreme temperature tolerance, AECQ100, ISO9001 and TS16949 manufacturing guidelines.

Key Features of the BCM89095

  • High drive current maximizes the NFC field envelope to simplify pairing
  • Offers automotive temperature Grade 3 (-40°C to +85°C) operation
  • Extends data rates to 848 kbps
  • Active Load Modulation (ALM) next-generation technology reduces antenna size down to very compact sizes
  • Supports Reader/Writer (R/W) mode, Active and Passive Peer (P2P) mode and Tag/Card Emulation mode
  • Enhances Low-Power Target Detection (LPTD) mode for extremely low average current consumption
  • Supports latest NFC Forum specifications, including NFC Controller Interface (NCI 1.1) for host

The Broadcom automotive-grade BCM89085 NFC chip is now sampling.

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