Agilent Technologies' Conformance Test System Enables Certification of First Chinese NFC Controller Chipset
Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Develops Chipset; Shanghai Integrated Circuit Technology & Industry Promotion Center and TA Certification Lab Lead Test Project
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that the Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics FM1930 chip, the first near field communication (NFC) controller chipset developed by a Chinese microelectronics company, has successfully achieved NFC Forum certification using the Agilent RIDER T3111S RFID HF Conformance Test System. The work was led by the Shanghai Integrated Circuit Technology & Industry Promotion Center (ICC) and the TA Certification Lab.
The FM1930 controller chipset supports all three common NFC functionalities, including reader/writer, peer to peer (P2P) and card emulation.
TA is the first lab authorized by the NFC Forum Certification Program in China. TA cooperated with ICC and used NFC Forum-validated test equipment from Agilent to perform the NFC Forum digital certification.
The Agilent RIDER T3111S HF Conformance Test System has supported the NFC Forum certification program since its inception and is available in many NFC Forum-authorized certification labs worldwide.
"We appreciate the professional technical support from Agilent, ICC and TA during this certification process," said Mr. Liu Yifei, assistant general manager of Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group. "Our certification demonstrates the compliance of our NFC controller chipsets and is a key milestone in our NFC strategy. We are the only vendor that can provide the NFC controller chip in mainland China. Having added NFC SE and NFC Tag chips, we now offer a complete NFC chip solution for our customers both here and abroad."
"With our rich experience in the UHF RFID and NFC testing arena for many years, Shanghai Integrated Circuit Technology & Industry Promotion Center is committed to building a first-class RFID test technology and service lab in China," said Mr. Jiang Qifeng, director assistant of ICC. "In the NFC area, we are proud of our long-term technical collaboration with Agilent, which has given us the expertise necessary to help our customer accomplish the China-made chipset's first NFC Forum certification. With China's 'Internet of Things' [IoT] industry accelerating, we continue to offer our support to our customers in RFID and IoT."
Mr. Yang Weizhong, CTO from Shanghai TA Certification Lab, added, "TA Certification Lab this year has been using Agilent test equipment to provide the NFC Forum certification program to our customers. We are proud that TA's first NFC certification is the first device certified by a test lab in China. With the close collaboration with ICC, we are able to provide the industry's most comprehensive mobile certifications."
"We are proud to add a new device to the list of products certified using our T3111S, indeed a recognition of our contribution to NFC technology development," said Gail Heck-Sweeney, general manager of Agilent's Mobile Broadband Operation in Malaga, Spain. "We are delighted with this milestone reached by the first Chinese NFC controller chipset. We see a growing interest in NFC among our Chinese customers, and we are committed to supporting them and accelerating their products to market with our T3111S one-box test system and our global support teams."
About Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Company
Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics Group Co. Ltd. (8102.HK) is a leader in the design and development of ASICs and the provision of total solutions in China. The company has over 600 employees, with customers worldwide. More information about the company is available at www.fmsh.com/eng.
About Shanghai Integrated Circuit Technology & Industry Promotion Center
Shanghai IC Technology & Industry Promotion Center is a nonprofit organization founded by government. Its main functions include building leading-edge public technical service platforms for IC design and RFID and providing professional services to industrial, research and academic clients, project management in Information Technology, and promoting the emerging IC and RFID industries.
About TA Certification Test Lab
TA Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd is a global third-party certification and testing service provider established in 2002. TA provides consulting, testing and certification services on telecommunication and electronic products. It was classified as a National High Tech Enterprise and certified by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment. Most important, it is an Authorized Test Lab under the listing of CTIA, Vodafone, Wi-Fi Alliance, NFC Forum, Zigbee and Mirrorlink Organization.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world' s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics, and communications. The company's 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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