Rus News Journal

Philips and Sony have shown cards

new technologies
last Thursday Royal Philips Electronics and Sony have signed the agreement on joint working out and marketing of new generation contactless a smart - cards - NFC. Technology NFC not only will unite already existing operating time of both companies in the field of a radio communication, but also will allow to create essentially new ways of remote access to the information and services.
agreement Philips and Sony provides unification of standards already developed by both companies for contactless cards - with names Mifare and FeliCa accordingly - within the limits of the uniform technology which have received name NFC. Actually behind these names, known to only narrow circle of experts, quite familiar and habitual things disappear. Radio microprocessors Philips Mifare are used in contactless transport cards of the Moscow underground, the Moscow card of the schoolboy, member cards of set capital fitness - clubs (it is sometimes simple bracelets with the built in radio chips). Terminals Mifare equip also turnstiles of electric trains situated near Moscow. And Sony FeliCa it is more widespread in Jugo - East Asia (Japan, Singapore, China). As of June, 2002 in Hong Kong it has been let out 12 million cards FeliCa while all population of this area makes 6,85 million persons.
the basic scopes of radio microprocessors FeliCa and Mifare are similar: it is control of access to buildings, personnel identification, payment of payphone negotiations and journey in public transport. But till now for use of cards with radio chips FeliCa and Mifare two different reading devices - plastic cards with processors Sony were necessary and Philips have been incompatible. Technology NFC developed in common should eliminate this problem. Cards with chips NFC will identify both kinds of terminals - both Mifare, and FeliCa.
Having entered NFC, both companies expect to expand considerably the shares of the market, first of all at the expense of replacement of other, less progressive kinds of plastic. As has declared last week Karsten Ottenberg (Karsten Ottenberg), the head of division Philips Semiconductors ` Identification, in due course identification radio chips will gain much bigger distribution, than ordinary (not installed radio) a smart - cards.
according to branch organisation International Card Manufacturers Association, in 2000 the total amount of the market of plastic cards has made $4,3 mlrd (8,8 mlrd pieces). Thus a share clever (with the built in microchips) multipurpose plastic (the smart - cards) constantly grows in this volume: According to the forecast of research company Frost and Sullivan if in 2002 it will be let out 2,55 mlrd a smart - cards (including with radio chips) in 2004 - already 3,66 billion Percent contactless a smart - cards in total clever the plasticity grows even faster - after all radio cards more conveniently and is more durable, as are not used up. However, Sony and Philips are not going to be limited only radiofikatsiej plastic cards: consumer devices (cellular telephones, laptops, digital cameras, mp3 - players and etc.), let out by both companies become the basic carrier of technology NFC.