INSIDE Secure has announced that its MicroRead near field communication (NFC) controller chip is supported in the Linux kernel 3.9 release. The new MicroRead Linux kernel driver, which was developed by Intel at its Open Source Technology Center with support from INSIDE and other community members, significantly simplifies and speeds the integration of the MicroRead chip into a broad range of Linux-based TVs, set-top boxes, GPS devices, in-vehicle infotainment systems, electronic toys, industrial machines or medical devices by effectively eliminating the need for manufacturers to write any software to use it. The goal of the Linux NFC project is to provide complete, open source and hardware- independent NFC support for Linux.
The MicroRead Linux kernel driver is host controller interface (HCI)-based and supports two physical interfaces – I2C and the Intel Management Engine Interface (Intel MEI). NFC tag read, write and format, as well as several peer-to-peer mode functions are currently supported, and additional functionality such as card emulation and secure element access will be implemented when they are supported by the Linux NFC subsystem.