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STMicroelectronics: Joint ams and STMicroelectronics solution enables secure NFC transactions in new ARM mbed Wearable Reference Design

Benefiting from ams' boosted NFC technology and ST's proven Secure NFC,
ARM®mbed(TM)Wearable Reference Design supports IoT applications including
contactless ticketing, access control, payments and more

Premstaetten, Austria; Geneva, Switzerland, 23 February, 2016
-- ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and
analog ICs, and STMicroelectronics, (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications,
today revealed that ARM is using the companies' NFC solution to provide the
secure, high-performance NFC and microcontroller functionality in its new
wearable reference design.

The NFC solution developed jointly by ST and ams is comprised of the ST54E
from ST, a System-in-Package featuring an NFC controller (NFCC) and a Secure
Element compliant with the Global Platform standard v2.2, and ams's AS39230
NFC analog front end with boostedNFC technology.

This NFC solution is particularly well suited to very small, battery-powered
products such as wearable devices and smartphones:

* the ams boostedNFC technology overcomes the difficulties that conventional
NFC devices face when attempting to operate via a tiny antenna in an
environment hostile to RF transmissions. The ams/ST solution exceeds the
EMVCo requirements for RF performance in contactless payments, even when
operating through an antenna smaller than 100mm2
* the ST SiP provides comprehensive support for all important NFC security
standards worldwide, ensuring that the ARM mbed Wearable Reference Design
can support secure transaction types required in IoT (Internet of Things)
applications, including but not limited to contactless payments, automatic
fare collection and access control
* the joint ams/ST solution achieves very low average power consumption,
helping to extend battery run-time between charges, thanks to fully
configurable power cycling of both the boostedNFC front end and the NFCC

The mbed Wearable Reference Design provides a model that wearable device OEMs
can quickly replicate to achieve high-performance NFC card emulation. The
joint ams/ST solution is particularly easy for system designers to work with,
since it is supplied with a complete NFC software stack developed by ST. This
stack is compatible with ARM's mbed IoT Device Platform.

In addition, the high RF performance of the ams/ST solution ensures robust NFC
functioning even in the most demanding operating environments. The NFC system
draws on unique capabilities in the ams AS39230, which implements active load
modulation. This boosts the NFC front end's transmission signal to achieve an
'operating volume' - the space in which the wearable reference design can
couple with an NFC reader - comparable to or exceeding that of a contactless
card, which will typically have an antenna that is some 40 times bigger. The
solution provided by ST and ams is also optimized for the mbed wearable
reference design's antenna, giving high immunity to interference from the
wearable reference design's Bluetooth® and GPS radios.

At the same time, the close compatibility between the discrete ST and ams
components provides for sophisticated power-saving capabilities: the ST54E
may be held in a deep power-down mode when not in the presence of an NFC RF
field. At the same time, the AS39230 cycles rapidly through its far less
power-hungry active power modes, drawing an average current of just 18µA.

The ams/ST solution's software is optimized for low-power microcontrollers
based on ARM technology. Its modular design means that users can choose to
compile only the modules for the use cases their device supports, helping to
reduce the system's memory requirement and to optimize the resource

The software stack optionally also supports peer-to-peer and reader/writer
functionality, and can be updated over-the-air when the device is in the

The ST54E is supplied to developers fully approved for use as an NFC device in
card emulation, peer-to-peer and tag reader modes in compliance with the NFC
Forum standards. It is also suitable for use in applications, which require
worldwide certification, including for Common Criteria, EMVCo,
GlobalPlatform, and Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, and the People's Bank
of China (PBoC).

In addition, the security capabilities of the mbed wearable reference design
are enhanced by a separate fingerprint reader, which uses an STM32F411
Dynamic Efficient microcontroller from ST, based on the ARM Cortex®-M4 core,
to perform fingerprint image processing and matching.

"Our joint NFC reference design has been proven to provide the best
combination of RF performance, interoperability and low-power operation
available in the market today. Thanks to minimum system requirements in terms
of footprint and processing power, the ams/ST solution is ideally suited for
space constrained designs, such as ARM's mbed Wearable Reference Design,"
said Mark Dickson, director of marketing at ams.

"The ams/ST comprehensive NFC solution provides an easy path to developing
secure and energy-efficient wearable/IoT applications for contactless
payment, ticketing, and access control," said Laurent Degauque, Marketing
Director, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. "Compatibility
with the mbed IoT Device Platform will enable OEMs to go from prototype to
product quickly and focus on adding their own value-add features."

"The ARM mbed Wearable Reference Design provides a tested design foundation
for companies to quickly build low-power IoT devices and focus on adding
value with their own innovative features," said Zach Shelby, vice president
of marketing, IoT Business, ARM. "The NFC solution from ams and
STMicroelectronics demonstrates the energy efficiency obtained by utilizing
ARM Cortex®-M processors and the mbed OS for small form factor devices and

Details of the mbed Wearable Reference Design can be found on

Separately, ST will be demonstrating its products and solutions for mobile and
wearable devices at Mobile World Congress (22-25 February, Barcelona), stand

ams will be demonstrating AS39230 and other NFC solutions at Mobile World
Congress, stand 6E20.

About ams

ams is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor
solutions and analog ICs. Our mission is to shape the world with sensor
solutions by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology.
ams' high-performance analog products drive applications requiring extreme
precision, dynamic range, sensitivity, and ultra-low power consumption.
Products include sensors, sensor interfaces, power management and wireless
ICs for consumer, communications, industrial, medical, and automotive

With headquarters in Austria, ams employs over 2,100 people globally and
serves more than 8,000 customers worldwide. ams is listed on the SIX Swiss
stock exchange (ticker symbol: AMS). More information about ams can be found

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About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security,
from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2015, the Company's net revenues were $6.90 billion. Further information on
ST can be found atwww.st.com.

For further information please contact:

Media Relations Technical contact

ams AG ams AG

Ulrike Anderwald Giancarlo Cutrignelli
Head of Marketing Communications Senior Marketing Mgr
T +43 (0) 3136 500 31200 T +43 (0)3136 500 32365
press@ams.com giancarlo.cutrignelli@ams.com
www.ams.com www.ams.com


Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
T +1 781 591 0354

Joint ams and ST solution for NFC


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