Qualcomm Atheros launches ultra-low power NFC solution

Launches NFC solution

Qualcomm Incorporated’s subsidiary company, Qualcomm Atheros, is launching a new ultra-low power NFC solution to enable mobile devices with contactless communications and data exchange, including next-generation mobile payments (view press release). The QCA 1990 is an ultra-low power system-on-chip (SoC) which enables user experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics markets when paired with Qualcomm Athero’s WCN3680 1-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.0/FM chip.

The QCA 1990 offers platform-level integration with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and next-generation processors and modems to enable NFC on Qualcomm’s OEM partner smartphones and tablets. Its software stack complies with the NFC Forum Controller Interface. 

“Qualcomm Atheros believes NFC will be another key element of an enriched experience for smartphone and tablet consumers. As consumers continue to adopt functions like mobile payments and contactless data exchange, Qualcomm intends to be at the forefront of delivering simple, easy-to-use solutions to OEM partners,” said David Favreai, VP of product management, Qualcomm Atheros. “By enabling client devices, Qualcomm Atheros is paving the way for rapid adoption of products that incorporate NFC technology.”

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