Austrian startup brings NFC reader to market

November 21, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Austrian startup brings NFC reader to market
Panthronics AG (Graz, Austria) is an RF design company, founded in 2014, that has developed NFC and RFID circuits and software that are secure element agnostic.

The company has now brought its first product to market – the PTX100R – a near-field communication (NFC) reader IC that is compliant with the EMVCo 3.0 standard for contactless payments.

Part of Panthronics underlying proposition to the market is a patented technology that enables an NFC chip to drive up to three watts directly to an antenna while achieving a detection sensitivity of -80dB, the company claims. The company calls this technology DiRAC.

It means that a point-of-sale equipment manufacturers can achieve the EMVCo 3.0 standard with an antenna that requires 900 square millimeters. That is around four to five times smaller than required by existing readers, the company states. It also helps with the design of PoS equipment that must be sited in noisy RF environments such as next to PoS display terminals.

The chip has a number of additional features to improve performance including wave-shaping, dynamic power control and a hardware accelerator for proximity coupling.

The company is offering samples of the chip. No information has been provided about who is making the chip for Panthronics or in what manufacturing process.

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