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NXP Semiconductors

February 15, 2011 23:00 ET

ZTE and NXP Announce NFC Availability in Next Generation Handsets

World's Fourth Largest Handset Manufacturer Commits to the Global Roll Out of NFC

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and ZTE Corporation, (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced a partnership to incorporate NXP's Near Field Communications (NFC) PN544 technology into ZTE handsets. ZTE plans to include NFC chips into its rapidly expanding line of global smartphones and feature phones, such as the Android-based QSC6270 platform devices as well as more entry-level feature phones. ZTE handsets with NFC will be available in Q2 2011. NFC brings the wallet inside the phone and allows secure transactions such as payment, transportation and physical access.

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker ZTE was the number four mobile phone manufacturer in the world in 2010. With a 94% year-over-year change in growth it is steadily spreading from China to developed markets such as Western Europe and the US, as well as developing regions in Africa and Latin America. "ZTE's broad portfolio, starting from entry-level feature phones to its rapidly expanding Android smartphone lines have been met with great market success," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst, IDC Mobile Phone Technology and Trends.

NFC-enabled phones with secure elements provide consumers with a wide range of applications that enhance user convenience and security. The advantage of NFC is that it is a versatile and market proven technology. It offers consumers a range of applications from secure payment-on-the-go, mobile transactions and convenient access public transport.

"We have seen enormous growth in our year-on-year handset shipments in Europe and the US and selected NXP as our partner because they are the market leader and their solution enabled us to reliably go to market in record time," said Mr. Zeng Zhaoxiang, vice president, ZTE. "Consumers are ready for NFC, and we look forward to leveraging NXP's expertise in the market."

"NXP is excited to be working with ZTE to enable new customer experiences through secure mobile transactions. We are delivering on our promise to bring NFC to consumers through the latest innovative applications including electronic wallet, automotive keyless entry and ticketless transport applications while providing convenience and best-in-class security to a world that is merging, converging and evolving," said Ruediger Stroh, executive vice president and general manager, Identification Business, NXP Semiconductors. "Our focus is to make secure connectivity easy by working closely with partners like ZTE and across the ecosystem to optimize each design via the use of NFC and the appropriate embedded secure element."

Contactless without Compromise
Today, NFC and its associated secure element offers consumers a high level of convenience, interactivity and security with their mobile devices, and further enhances their smartphone experiences by linking the virtual world of applications with the physical environment. Using natural touch gestures NFC devices can easily pair with accessories, interact on a peer-to-peer level to exchange data, and connect to a huge installed base of reader and tag infrastructures.

NXP is a world leader in secure Identification technologies with breakthrough products such as the SmartMX and SmartMX2 range of secure microcontrollers and its IntegralSecurity™ architecture. NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide. For more information on NFC please visit www.nxp.com/nfc

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NXP will offer demonstrations of the latest NFC enabled handsets. Visit NXP at Hall 1, Stand 1 F14 to see the product in action.

Features of the PN544 - NFC Controller
Launched in 2009, the PN544 is the world's first truly industry standard NFC controller, delivering a fully compliant platform for handset manufacturers and operators to introduce next generation NFC devices and services. The NXP PN544 chip is fully compliant with all released NFC specifications on the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) connection with the SIM and the Host Controller Interface (HCI).

  • Small footprint for size optimization
  • Optimized for low power consumption
  • Optionally working in Battery Off and Battery Low modes
  • MIFARE 1K/4K Reader/writer functionality enabled in host baseband
  • Optionally available with an modular, generic and platform independent software stack
  • Optimized antenna designs for best-in-class RF performance

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.4 billion in 2010. For more information visit www.nxp.com

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