Near Field Communications (NFC) Transceiver Reference Design


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This Near Field Communications (NFC) reference design outlines the required components, layout considerations, and provides firmware examples to implement NFC into applications for extracting NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) data from transponders, implement a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) connection or emulate an NFC transponder. NFC simplifies BluetoothTM and WiFi connections, enables interactive consumer displays, and standardizes the format of data transfers. The documentation, hardware, and example code provided allows the designer to quickly implement NFC functionality with an MSP430 or other MCU of choice. This design is based on the TRF7970ATB design.

  • Integrated PCB antenna
  • U.FL connector allows customers to develop and connect an antenna of their own design
  • Test points for SPI code development/debug
  • Onboard +3VDC to +5VDC boost converter allows evaluation at full power
  • Use with NFCLink (a complete NFC Software Suite) for reading and writing NFC transponders to demonstrate Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Card Emulation (CE) modes
  • Design is tested and includes firmware, GUI Software, hardware design, and user's guide

A fully assembled board has been developed for testing and performance validation only, and is not available for sale.

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Design files

Download ready-to-use system files to speed your design process.

TIDR502.PDF (117 K)

Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components

TIDR503.PDF (117 K)

Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers

TIDC356.ZIP (695 K)

Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB


Includes TI products in the design and potential alternatives.

Boost converters (integrated switch)

TPS612220.7-VIN, 5-V fixed output voltage boost converter with 5.5-μA quiescent current

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Other wireless technologies

TRF7964ATRF7964A Multi Protocol Fully Integrated 13.56-MHz NFC / RFID Reader/Writer IC

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Other wireless technologies

TRF7970AMulti-Protocol Fully Integrated 13.56-MHz NFC / RFID Transceiver IC

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