A powerful NFC/HF Reader IC, the ST25R3911B offers 1.4 W output power combined with Automatic Antenna Tuning for the largest operating volume and read range even in challenging environments

Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

Able to drive differential or two single-ended antennas, it has enough power to externally multiplex an even greater amount. Combining capacitive and inductive low-power wakeup functions, it ensures fast response times while reducing power consumption to a minimum.

 

The ST25R3911B is a highly integrated NFC Initiator / HF Reader IC, including the analogue front end (AFE) and a highly integrated data framing system for ISO 18092 (NFCIP-1) initiator, ISO 18092 (NFCIP-1) active target, ISO 14443A and B reader (including high bit rates), ISO 15693 reader and FeliCa™ reader. Implementation of other standard and custom protocols like MIFARE™ Classic is possible using the AFE and implementing framing in the external microcontroller (Stream and Transparent modes).

“The ST25R3911B is positioned perfectly for the infrastructure side of the NFC system, where users need optimal RF performance and flexibility combined with low power,” says Robin Scholes, Field Application Engineer at Arrow Altech Distribution.

Thanks to automatic antenna tuning (AAT) technology, the device is optimized for applications with directly driven antennas. The ST25R3911B is alone in the domain of HF reader ICs as it contains two differential low impedance (1 Ohm) antenna drivers.

The ST25R3911B includes several features that make it very suited for low power applications. It contains a low power capacitive sensor that can be used to detect the presence of a card without switching on the reader field. The presence of a card can also be detected by performing a measurement of amplitude or phase of signal on antenna LC tank, and comparing it to the stored reference. It also contains a low power RC oscillator and wake-up timer that can be used to wake up the system after a defined time period, and to check for the presence of a tag using one or more low power detection techniques (capacitive, phase or amplitude).

The ST25R3911B is designed to operate from a wide (2.4 V to 5.5 V) power supply range; peripheral interface IO pins support power supply range from 1.65 V to 5.5 V.

 

Key Features:

  • ISO 18092 (NFCIP-1) Active P2P
  • ISO14443A, ISO14443B, ISO15693 and FeliCa™
  • Supports VHBR (3.4 Mbit/s PICC to PCD framing, 6.8 Mbit/s AFE and PCD to PICC framing)
  • Capacitive sensing - Wake-up
  • Automatic antenna tuning system providing tuning of antenna LC tank
  • Automatic modulation index adjustment
  • AM and PM (I/Q) demodulator channels with automatic selection
  • DPO (Dynamic Power Output)
  • Up to 1.4 W in case of differential output
  • User selectable and automatic gain control
  • Transparent and Stream modes to implement MIFARE™ Classic compliant or other custom protocols
  • Possibility of driving two antennas in single ended mode
  • Oscillator input capable of operating with 13.56 MHz or 27.12 MHz crystal with fast start-up
  • 6 Mbit/s SPI with 96 bytes FIFO
  • Wide supply voltage range from 2.4 V to 5.5 V
  • Wide temperature range: -40 °C to 125 °C
  • QFN32, 5 mm x 5 mm package

 

For more information please contact:

Robin Scholes
Engineer: Field Application
Arrow Altech Distribution

Rscholesr@arrow.altech.co.za
+27 (0) 11 923 9668
+27 (0) 83 226 6019