Chip maker STMicroelectronics has announced its first design win for its NFC controller chip, with small Japan-based device maker NEC Casio.
ST confirmed that the Casio’s G’zOne CA-201L Android phone will include its NFC controller, the ST21NFCA. For now at least, the ruggedized 4G LTE Casio phone is only planned to be introduced by one mobile operator, South Korea’s No. 3 telco, LG U+.
The phone does not include ST’s higher-profile embedded secure element, the ST33, only the NFC controller or modem chip, which provides the NFC interface for the device. But this controller chip could support NFC SIM cards, and it’s possible the SIMs would use an ST smart card chip. ST’s SIM chips use the same technology as its embedded secure element.