NXP launches first NFC-ready, universal contactless reader IC for multiple ID applications

NXP has introduced the CLRC663, the first member of a new generation of high-performance proximity contactless reader ICs. The CLRC663 combines robust multi-protocol support with the highest RF output power and patented groundbreaking low-power card detection technology. Driven by the market needs for higher integration, smaller housings and interoperability, the CLRC663 has been designed for use in a wide variety of infrastructure use cases such as banking, eGovernment, transport and mobile payment.This technology was presented in several demonstrations on the NXP booth at the CARTES & IDentification show in Paris last week.
The reader infrastructure is at the heart of many identification applications. It delivers the convenience and efficiency of contactless technology to customers and end consumers alike by ensuring security, performance, low power consumption and ultra-fast transactions times on a 24/7 basis. Supporting all 13.56-MHz contactless standards, NXP’s new reader IC is compatible with all established smart card, smart tag and smart label technologies, including NFC Forum Tag Types and MIFARE products. It ensures best-in-class interoperability with the billions of smart cards, electronic documents and NFC-enabled phones based on NXP technology.
The intelligent new low-power card detection feature introduced by NXP greatly improves power efficiency and realises energy savings for customers, taking into account the growing need to reduce energy consumption. It enables the reader terminal’s microcontroller to go into sleep mode while still polling for cards, thus ensuring energy-efficient operation.
Working intensively with key industry players, NXP designed the CLRC663 to provide a contactless reader IC solution that enables its partners to bring future-proof readers to their markets.
“With the new CLRC663 contactless reader IC, NXP is helping us to take our veriCLASS, identiCLASS, pivCLASS and iCLASS SE access control readers to the next level,” said Dr. Selva Selvaratnam, chief technology officer at HID Global. “It combines the necessary standard compliance with roboustness, low power consumption and performance needed for various access applications.“
Edmund Chang, XAC’s founder and CEO, agrees: “For a POS-manufacturer, compliance to standards like EMVCo2.01 is a must. By using the CLRC663 we achieve this easily without using any external booster. In addition, POS readers equipped with the CLRC663 will be able to interoperate perfectly with NFC-enabled smartphones, enabling merchants to offer the infrastructure needed to participate in the expected enormous growth of mobile payments.”
“The CLRC663 underlines NXP’s commitment and experience in contactless infrastructure products by supporting the main contactless standards paired with readiness to support NFC peer-to-peer based applications,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “With the availability of the CLRC663, NXP continues to lead the enhancement of contactless infrastructures, which form a foundation for connected, convenient and secure access to applications.”
The CLRC663 combines high RF performance with a very small HVQFN33 package, ensuring large and reliable read ranges, as well as energy- and resource-efficient implementations. It is supplied by 5V for POS and AFC implementations, or by 3V for energy-efficient battery-powered operations. Offering a read/write device fully compliant with ISO/IEC 14443 A&B, ISO/IEC 15693, ISO/IEC18000-3 Mode3 and FeliCa and supporting NFC initiator mode in peer-to-peer communication, the device is compliant with all 13.56MHz standards.

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