NFC click module expands wearable platforms

January 05, 2017 // By Julien Happich
The MikroElektronika NFC click is a mikroBUS add-on board with a versatile NFC PN7120 IC controller from NXP that makes it easy to incorporate Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to any electronic device.

NFC click supports use cases such as pairing, personalization, extended user interface, maintenance, logical access control and other typical NFC uses for home appliances, wearables, accessories and other low-power devices in smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT).

The NFC click module for Hexiwear removes the complexity of NFC integration by enabling developers to easily leverage the full potential of NFC in Card Emulation, Read/Write and Peer-to-Peer Modes with NXP’s PN7120 chip, which is ideal for designing prototypes intended to interact with existing NFC infrastructure or prototype new ideas. All necessary NFC drivers are included in the Hexiwear SDK.

NFC click is also compatible with other development platforms, including NXP’s Freedom development boards. Developed by MikroElektronika, in partnership with NXP, NFC click has full compliancy with NFC Forum specifications.  The new board communicates with the target board MCU through the mikroBUS I²C interface, in compliance with NCI 1.0 host protocols. Via its integrated firmware, NXP’s PN7120 provides a high-level API which requires fewer resources from the host MCU to enable easier integration into designs. It comes out of the box with all NFC protocols.