Getting started for NFC / RFID

Getting to know NFC/RFID

Learn more about the Texas Instruments NFC / RFID portfolio.

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Near field communication (NFC) is a radio technology enabling bi-directional short range wireless communication between devices to make life easier and more convenient for worldwide consumers by simplifying transactions, digital content exchange and electronic device connection with a touch. This technology is adopted in smartphones and has a large infrastructure with millions of devices already in place.

Download the NFC brochure (PDF, 2.54MB)

Near Field Communication

Key NFC Characteristics

Key NFC Characteristics

  • HF - 13.56MHz ISM Freq Band
  • Read range of a few centimeters
  • Data rates: 26 - 848kbps
  • NFC Forum Specifications
  • Standards - ISO14443A/B, ISO15693, ISO18092, ISO21481
    • Operating Modes:
    • Peer-to-Peer
    • Reader/Writer
    • Card Emulation
  • Possibility for passive operation

Near Field Communication Brochure

RF430 MCUs

RF430 MCUS from Texas Instruments provide tight integration between the MCU core, peripherals, software, and RF transceiver, creating true system-on-chip solutions that are easy to use.

We also provide all of the hardware platforms and software components/tooling you need to get started today!

TI provides also many complementary components like the TRF796xA/TRF7970A NFC family to meet your needs for NFC Reader/Writer devices to communicate with the RF430 MCU Transponders.

Near Field Communication Brochure(PDF, 2.54MB)

Technology Differentiators

Multiple Low Power Modes

The RF430 MCU’s exceptionally low power consumption is created with a combination of a low leakage manufacturing process, design and architecture techniques, and software-managed power conservation capabilities (individual peripheral and five device level low power modes LPMs). LPMs combine clock gating and the use of low/high frequency clocks to deliver optimal current consumption, performance, autonomous peripheral operation, and minimal power-up latencies.

Productive low power modes allow:
  • Take ADC Samples
  • Transfer data throughout memory range
  • Send and receive RF and serial communication

Integrated Peripherals

Our peripherals have been designed to give you maximum functionality and provide system-level interrupts, resets and bus arbitration at the lowest power. Many peripherals may function autonomously, thereby minimizing CPU time spent in active mode.

Devices integrated with:
  • RF Frontend
  • 14-bit Sigma Delta ADC
  • I/O Ports
  • 16-bit Timers
  • Watchdog Timer
  • I2C
  • SPI
  • Power Management Module

Embedded FRAM

FRAM, or Ferroelectric Random Access Memory, is a type of nonvolatile memory that combines the speed, low-power, endurance, and flexibility of SRAM with the reliability and stability of flash to combine program and data into one unified memory space for the lowest power and easiest to use MCU architecture.

  • Lower power
  • Faster data throughput
  • Virtually unlimited write endurance
  • Designate any selection of memory as program or data

Learn more at www.ti.com/fram

Power Consumption - diagram

Embedded RF

Embedded RF

The RF430 MCU platform – offering the industry’s lowest power, highly integrated single-chip NFC sensor transponder family for industrial, medical, wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) applications

By making NFC design easy, small, performance-rich and power-efficient, the RF430 MCU platform helps developers to design products that require an analog or digital interface, data-logging capabilities and data transfers to an NFC-enabled reader. The RF430 MCU transponder acts as a sensor node for these applications and generates an IoT-ready solution when an NFC-enabled device pushes the data to the cloud.

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NFC Product Table

Products Protocols Functionality Tools
TRF7960A IS014443A/B
ISO15693
ISO18000-3
NFC/RFID Reader/Writer TRF7960AEVM
TRF7960ATB
TRF7962A ISO15693
ISO18000-3
NFC/RFID Reader/Writer TRF7960AEVM
TRF7960ATB
TRF7963A ISO14443A/B NFC/RFID Reader/Writer TRF7960AEVM
TRF7960ATB
TRF7964A ISO14443A/B
ISO15693
ISO18000-3
NFC/RFID Reader/Writer TRF7960AEVM
TRF7960ATB
TRF7970A ISO14443A/B
ISO15693
ISO18000-3
ISO18092
NFC Device (Reader/Writer, P2P, Card Emulation Mode) TRF7970AEVM
TRF7970ATB
TRF7970A-BNDL
NFCLINK-BNDL
DLP-7970ABP
Tag-it HF-I ISO15693 NFC/RFID Passive Tags (Type V) Contact Texas Instruments
RF430CL330H ISO14443B Dynamic Dual-interface NFC Transponder RF430CL330HTB
DYNAMICNFCBUNDLE
NFCT4BTVALUE
DLP-RF430BP
RF430FRL152H ISO15693 NFC Sensor Transponder F430FRL152HEVM