Farnell element14 launches EXPLORE-NFC Expansion Board

16 January 2014, London, Farnell element14 is today launching a high performance full NFC expansion board, EXPLORE-NFC, to implement external user interfaces for industrial and consumer devices that meets NFC compliance with Reader mode, P2P mode and Card Emulation standards.

The EXPLORE-NFC board is available from Farnell element14 in Europe.

Based on the PN512 NFC solution from NXP Semiconductors, the board features an integrated high performance antenna and is supported by an extensive software package (libnfc) while offering a flexible SPI interface. Applications for NFC include contactless payment, meter readings, loyalty cards and more.

Other features include:

High performance full NFC compliant expansion board works with the Raspberry Pi®
Based on the NXP PN512 full NFC forum compliant NFC IC, meeting compliance with all 3 NFC modes (Reader, P2P and Card Emulation)
Reader mode supports all 4 NFC tag types and NXP’s MIFARE command set
Flexible interface selection (SPI or I²C), includes software stack for SPI Integrated high performance RF antenna
Includes NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight NFC card (NFC forum tag type 2) for out of the box experience
Software available on: http://www.element14.com/exploreNFC
David Shen, CTO at Premier Farnell, said: “The broad penetration of NFC smartphones has generated new use cases for a contactless reader infrastructure, enabling devices to communicate with NFC smartphones. New infrastructure applications comprise automation, home appliances, industrial, consumer, metering, computing, health care, automotive and gaming.

We anticipate developers of electronics, industrial, and consumer applications will be interested in EXPLORE-NFC if they want to implement solutions for NFC ecosystems or integrate an NFC interface into their device.”

The board also easily interfaces with the Raspberry Pi. There is a broad Pi-community who will largely benefit from using the EXPLORE-NFC especially within the development of solutions in those new NFC infrastructure applications. To discover more about the Raspberry Pi Community visit www.element14.com/community/raspberrypi

About Farnell element14
Farnell element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Bringing together the latest products, services, and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, Farnell is the trusted source to find the answers and parts you need to keep your project on the fast track, right from the start.

Farnell element14 is the operating business of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) in Europe.

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