BARCELONA, SPAIN – February 24, 2014 – LitePoint®, an award-winning provider of wireless test solutions, today released its LitePoint® IQnfc®, the first-ever production-optimized test system designed to measure and verify the physical layer performance of NFC-enabled devices. LitePoint will be demonstrating its IQnfc solution at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24th – 27th in booth 5H31 Hall 5.
Until today, the primary method for production testing of NFC-enabled devices such as smartphones was a “pass/no-pass” approach, often utilizing an off-the-shelf NFC card reader or “passive tag.” This is a very risky approach, however, since it provides little useful data about system performance, allows marginal devices to ship and provides no information about the failure mechanism of devices that don’t pass….all of which could result in putting defective devices into consumers’ hands.
“The IQnfc provides quantitative NFC physical layer operation data, allowing the manufacturer to measure NFC device performance, ensure unit-to-unit consistency and ultimately deliver a quality user experience,” said Curt Schmidek, vice president of Marketing for LitePoint. “The IQnfc is designed for efficient testing in a high-volume manufacturing environment. We made it flexible in terms of standards coverage, easy to use for the operator and reliable from an operations perspective.”
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a wireless technology used for very close proximity connections between wireless devices. The technology is being added to smartphones to enable “wave and pay” point-of-sale transactions, which could virtually eliminate the need to carry credit cards and cash. However, the very implementation that gives NFC its short-range, secure operation, also makes it highly sensitive to variations in component performance. This makes production testing, based on parametric measurements, critical for the reliable manufacture of NFC-enabled devices.
Schmidek added, “The availability of NFC-capable devices is continuing to grow. While momentum is building, the technology’s ability to sustain momentum and achieve ongoing mainstream adoption will depend on it being capable to dependably deliver a reliable customer experience. This consistent, first-time-right, NFC user experience is even more critical to retailers and financial institutions who are investing heavily in NFC infrastructure. Anything less risks the brand image of device makers and the credibility of NFC as a technology.”
LitePoint will be demonstrating its IQnfc system and other wireless test solutions for both cellular and connectivity devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 24th – 27th in booth 5H31 Hall 5. The IQnfc will be available for shipment April 2014.