December 1, 2010 | by Michael Heller
Today, Samsung announced the development of a new lower-power NFC chip which features embedded flash memory. Eric Schmidt set the mobile industry buzzing about NFCs when he announced NFC support in Android 2.3, and showed off a little demonstration with his Nexus S at the recent Web 2.0 Summit. NFC chips are for short range (less than 4 inches) communication and data transmission, and have many uses from subway passes, security access to mobile payment systems.
Samsung claims that their new chips consume 20% less power than previous models, and can therefore last longer in both active and standby modes. More interestingly, the chips will be the first on the market to feature embedded flash memory, which Samsung says will “[allow] device designers to easily to upgrade software or firmware.” Software upgrading will make these chips much more versatile and be able to adapt to emerging technologies much easier.
These chips aren’t scheduled for mass production until the first quarter of 2011, so those of us who love playing with new things will have to wait. But, at the same time, it gives businesses more time to get prepped for the coming wave of NFC.