GENTAG, Inc. and its partners have announced the commercial availability of a low-cost near field communication (NFC) cell phone for RFID sensor applications, including consumer diagnostics. The technology integrates NXP’s PN544 NFC IC technology with the full open ISO NFC spectrum and was co-developed in Asia in collaboration with NXP and other partners.
It is directly compatible with the disposable NFC sensors and devices produced by GENTAG and therefore can be “bundled” with specific diagnostic kits or sensor markets. The phone is also directly compatible with NFC – Facebook type social network applications (direct phone-to-phone data exchanges).
This low-cost cell phone will be about one fourth the cost of a current “smart” NFC cell phone and is specifically targeted to the needs of people who are concerned only with basic voice communication, mobile payments, social networks, and diagnostics using a low-cost mobile wireless device. “We believe this combination of wireless technologies creates immediate global market opportunities for us in Asia, Europe, South and North America and India,” announced Dr. John P. Peeters the founder of GENTAG. “We plan to rapidly follow the release of this first phone with an NFC tablet and new types of Android-based cell phones, and we look forward to an expanded collaboration with NXP.”
“NFC is a unique technology beneficial for consumers,” said Charles Dachs, director marketing and product management, mobile transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “GENTAG’s work to bring the technology to low-cost cell phone markets, offers great potential to the telemedicine applications. NFC will allow healthcare professionals to monitor their patients’ health remotely, introducing over-the-counter technologies directly to consumer cell phones.”
The cell phone is available for distribution worldwide via selected wireless or distribution partners under a licensing agreement with GENTAG. Volume production is anticipated for March 2011.