back to article Pocket strokers will barely feel Qualcomm's new tiny bonk chip

Qualcomm's Atheros subsidiary has come up trumps again: this time in the form of a tiny NFC chip designed to use less power when transferring data over the airwaves. The snappily monikered QCA1990 is about half the size of existing NFC chips, and uses a 40nm fabrication process to significantly reduce the power needed. This …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stalled

    This three-way stand off between the network operators, the manufacturers and the banks is killing the whole thing.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: Stalled

      Thank god...

  2. Joe Harrison
    Headmaster

    Comma

    Hi! Monday morning pedant here. Please can we not import the American habit of replacing the word "and" with a comma. As in "40nm NFC tech easy on batteries, case sizes"

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    2. FlossyThePig

      Re: Comma

      What about "best used for bonking against tills"

      Is it just me who reads the coarser British meaning first?

      1. TeeCee Gold badge
        Happy

        Re: Comma

        No, that'll be everyone.

        Including the author and the editorial team at Vulture Towers....

      2. Francis Boyle Silver badge

        Re: Comma

        I see you're new here. Actually, I see you really are new here, so for your information the Register's unofficial motto is something like "Supplying the internet with its daily dose of good old British double entendre since the 1990s".

  3. Robert Forsyth

    Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already

    http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s608051

    http://www.broadcom.com/products/NFC/NFC-Solutions/BCM2079x-Family

    http://www.ams.com/eng/Press/Release-Archive-2011/AS3911-NFC-Reader-IC

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already

      @ Robert Forsyth

      Broadcom yes, but http://www.ams.com/eng/Press/Release-Archive-2011/AS3911-NFC-Reader-IC

      This is a reader device for credit card terminals and the like - a completely different beast.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already

      Do try and keep up. We all know that several companies make NFC chips. The article spells out why this one is different. Comments like this don't make you look cleverer than the writer; they make you look like a cock.

      1. Robert Forsyth

        Re: Broadcom and Austria Microsystems have had these for a year, already

        I was more upset by 'the present a press release as an article'.

        The Broadcom chip can be either reader or tag, and I think a version (bonding option) has an embedded secure element (SIM) in the package (for mobile phone use). The aerials range from credit card size down to postage stamp, but this was last year.

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