updated 03:45 pm EDT, Thu June 16, 2011
Sony Ericsson to use NXP chip for NFC in handsets
NXP Semiconductors issued a press release on Thursday that reveals Sony Ericsson plans to introduce an NFC-capable handset, as the phone maker will use the PN65 chip in future handsets. The chip consists of the NFC radio controller, embedded secure element and NFC software. Sony Ericsson, whose phones use the Android operating system, hasn't pushed for NFC support, despite Google's inclusion of the needed software hooks in the later versions of its OS.
Sony Ericsson did show the Acro handset recently for Japan, which has NFC support and uses Japan's FeliCa NFC system. NXP's software is open source and supports the Google Wallet application.
NXP said it co-founded the Near Field Communications technology in 2002.