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NFC tags from NXP simplify WiFi, Bluetooth pairing

16 Aug 2013  | Nick Flaherty

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NXP has launched a new family of radio tags to simplify setting up consumer equipment from a mobile phone. The NTAG21xF portfolio of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags are specifically designed for use in consumer electronics and mobile accessories such as headsets, sound bars and digital cameras; and wearable infotainment such as smart watches.

A new family of radio tags aimed to simplify consumer electronic equipment setup via mobile phone has been unveiled by NXP. The NTAG21xF line of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags are specifically designed for use in consumer electronics and mobile accessories such as headsets, sound bars and digital cameras; and wearable infotainment such as smart watches.

The tags can be used in Bluetooth and WiFi enabled consumer electronics accessories such as headsets, speakers, mice, keyboards, streaming receivers or smart appliances, smart meters, medical devices and printers.

The devices have an integrated field detection mode which switches on the accessory when in close contact with an NFC phone or mobile device, quickly enabling a simple 'tap to pair' connection. With a large memory, from 144 (NTAG213F) up to 888B (NTAG216F), the NTAG21xF products are able to easily cover both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing.

The NTAG21xF series devices are NFC Forum Tag 2 Type compliant and work with any NFC-enabled phone and can be set to a non-responsive mode therefore avoiding a bad user experience when the battery is running low.

Datasheet for the NTAG21xF can be downloaded here.




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