NXPセミコンダクターズ社が、同社の NFC ソリューションをソニー・エリクソンが採用したと発表しました。採用されたのは NXP PN65 NFC solution なる、無線コントローラ、セキュアエレメント、ソフトウェアなどを組み合わせたもの。ソニー・エリクソンは今後、同社のAndroid
が推し進めるNFCサービス、特に「おサイフ」サービス Google Wallet
への対応をはかります。ソニエリCEOのJan Uddenfeldt氏いわく「Androidとモバイルゲーム分野におけるソニー・エリクソンの指導的立場を築くにあたり、私たちのXperiaシリーズにNFC技術を組み込むことは、最上のエンターテイメントスマートフォンを提供するための一手となります」。日本の「おサイフ」はソニーの FeliCa を採用しているだけに、他ならぬソニエリが NFC と FeliCa の狭間でどう落とし所をつけるかは気になる話。Xperia acro
という前例を踏まえたうえで、FeliCaに対応しつつ、NFCも利用できる端末の登場が期待されます。また、ただ決済機能が増えたというだけではなく、NFCのタッチ機能を生かしたゲーム系スマートフォン Xperia pay（仮）も見てみたいものです。Sony Ericsson selects NXP's NFC Solution for its Android-based Smartphones
Today NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced that its world leading near field communication (NFC) technology has been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson, a leading, global mobile handset manufacturer focused on communications and entertainment, will use NFC to further enhance its consumers' mobile experiences, creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones.
NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open source on the Android platform and enables the Google Wallet application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software. The embedded secure element enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. Building on NXP's extensive background in secure identification, the PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensively used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards and secure access systems.
"Building on Sony Ericsson's leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia™ portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones," said Jan Uddenfeldt, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. "NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences."
"This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC," said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO, NXP Semiconductors. "Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products 2-4 times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today. NFC offers a game-changing opportunity for mobile phone manufacturers to provide creative and innovative smartphones to their customers.
NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide.