01.03.2018 10:22 Uhr in Telekommunikation
NFC Product Development: Early Troubleshooting Saves Time and Money
COMPRION introduces their new product line for NFC development testing that helps identifying and resolving error causes in NFC communication at an early stage.On the Embedded World, February 27 – March 1, in Nuremberg, COMPRION – a provider of test solutions – is going to launch their latest product line for NFC testing, the CL Development Line. It can be used for validating the interface design, for preparing the certification, for functional testing, and for verifying interoperability.
NFC problems? Do they still exist?
You could think that a technology like NFC which is not brand-new would meanwhile work smoothly. “But that’s not the case!” says Dr. Michael Jahnich, Development Head for NFC Test Solutions at COMPRION. “We observe recurring problems in the field.“
This has four main reasons: First of all, the market is inundated with new NFC devices and applications. Technologies are melting together. This results in a great number of NFC devices that have not been tested according to universal standards. Secondly, the standards often do not cover everything, because the NFC application demands conformance to its own specifications. Thirdly, closed and in itself functioning NFC systems like, for example, access control or contactless payment are extended by use of the smartphone. This can cause interoperability issues. Finally, when individually tested NFC modules are integrated, for example, into car door handles, terminals, or machines, the used materials may interfere with sensitive NFC fields.
Early testing wins half the battle
“Many of these problems could become real showstoppers and cause expensive recalls. This can be avoided by testing early in the development phase,“ explains Jahnich.
The new CL Development Line has been especially designed for NFC development testing and can be used in the following areas:
- Pre-conformance testing – reducing expensive test lab hours
Upfront, EMVCo- and NFC Forum-compliant test benches can ensure that the NFC device conforms to the specifications and thus optimally prepare it for certification. This reduces expensive lab times in the test house.
- Functional testing – customized NFC device testing
With the help of APIs, it is possible to write and run customized tests – beyond the standards. This way, MNOs or application developers can ensure that NFC devices comply with their special requirements.
- Interoperability testing – finding error causes
In case of problems, errors on the contactless interface can be displayed and visualized. A powerful analysis software makes it possible to localize potential error sources and to resolve the problems in the lab.
- Design validation – optimizing the design
The solution can identify the magnetic field in its form and strength and thus define measures for optimizing the interface, for example, when integrating antennas. Thus, interference factors caused by surrounding materials can be identified and removed.
What’s the solution like?
The CL Development Line is a modular system consisting of different hardware and software components as well as unique antennas and accessories that can be configured to match the particular test case. “You don’t pay for software and features that you don’t use, but only for those that you actually need. On the other hand, the system can also be extended by adding further components so that you can cover other application areas,“ Jahnich is glad.
COMPRION is the worldwide leading manufacturer of test solutions for smart card interfaces, terminals, and smart cards. Covering contact-based and contactless technologies, COMPRION provides their expertise to multiple industries, especially telecommunications, payments, and M2M. Our involvement in several standardization and certification bodies enables us to integrate the latest standards and requirements into our high-quality products. As COMPRION test systems are renowned for the most accurate measurement capabilities, the company serves all top mobile phone, terminal, card and chipset manufacturers as well as mobile network operators and test houses. COMPRION also acts as technological consultant supporting many key players in the market.