Renesas taps Austrian developer for NFC tech

February 14, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Renesas Electronics is working with Austrian chip and software developer Panthronics (whose NFC chips are shown left) on wireless charging technologies.
Renesas Electronics is working with Austrian chip and software developer Panthronics to combine NFC and wireless charging technologies.

Panthronics in Graz specializes in high performance wireless products and will combine its near field communications (NFC) readers and controllers (above) with Renesas wireless charging and power chips and microcontrollers for consumer, industrial, and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment.

The Panthronics NFC chips and software use a patented sine wave driver architecture called DiRAC and will be combined with Renesas transmitters that are used in charging pads and automotive in-car applications. The DiRAC technology provides an output power of up to 3W to the antenna with a sensitivity of -80dB for EMVCo 3.0 point of sales designs. 

 “We are thrilled to collaborate with Panthronics to deliver industry-leading wireless charging paired with NFC connectivity for the explosive IoT market,” said Dr. Amit Bavisi, Vice President of Engineering, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas. “We believe that our combined technical excellence and differentiated IP will allow us to design turn-key, smallest and highest performance wireless power solutions, which our customers crave for their next-generation IoT endpoint products.”

“This collaboration enables Renesas’ broad range of customers and expansive partner ecosystem to directly benefit from our ground-breaking NFC solutions,” said Mark Dickson, CMO of Panthronics. “The combination of Panthronics disruptive NFC products delivering industry-best RF performance combines perfectly with Renesas’ best-in-class wireless charging technology to leap ahead of all product solutions available today.”

Panthropics was set up in 2014 and raised its first round of funding for its NFC chip and software technologies in March 2019.

www.panthronics.com

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