Test solutions for NFC – what do device manufacturers need to think about?
The growing popularity of NFC provides a challenge to manufacturers of smart devices. How can they get their products to market as rapidly as possible in order to thrive in a highly competitive and fast-moving market?
We’re all familiar with the use of NFC chips in credit and debit cards, with increasing numbers of retailers now offering contactless payment. NFC technology also gives smartphone users the flexibility to pay with their phones as well with apps like Google Wallet and ApplePay.
But NFC isn’t just for payments. The Android app Android Beam lets you transfer pretty much anything from one phone to another by holding them together. The technology is also used in gaming, with Skylanders and Disney Infinity using NFC to enhance the experience for users.
The widespread adoption of NFC technology provides a challenge for manufacturers. How do they get a product onto the market as quickly as possible in order to keep up with competition, but without compromising on robust testing?
The last thing you want as a manufacturer is to get your product to market only to find out that there's an issue. Consumers lose confidence, you have a defective product on your hands. Not only do you have to go back to the drawing board in terms of testing, you also have a job in rescuing your reputation - and your customers - in a world where brand loyalty is diminishing.
When looking for a test equipment solution for its NFC enabled devices, a manufacturer may consider the following questions:
- Is it good value for money? Will it pay for itself in terms of return or will it be just an expensive white elephant?
- Does it cover every NFC standard?
- If our device fails the test, will the test equipment give us an indication as to why?
- Is it ready to go, out of the box? Or will it take days or even weeks to set up?
- Is it tough enough to deal with high volume production?
So what does an NFC solution look like?
Take a look at the IQnfc from leading wireless test experts LitePoint, a simple-to-setup and easy-to-use system that allows one-click operation to quickly characterise the NFC physical layer in both R&D and Production.
NFC in brief…
- It’s a wireless technology, which developed from RFID.
- It’s a way of transferring data wirelessly from one device to another, without the need for an internet connection.
- The devices have to be very close together – either touching or no more than a couple of centimetres away.
If you're interested in learning more about LitePoint's IQnfc you can call us on +44 (0)8453 62 63 65 or drop us an email.