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CR 12 - New NFC Forum Certification Release

 

EMVCo, NFC Forum, and ISO/IEC are providing different specifications for conformance testing of NFC-enabled systems. The latest official version of NFC Forum is Certification Release (CR) 11.1. The next release (CR 12) has been scheduled by NFC Forum for November 2019.

With CR 12, NFC Forum will make great progress towards harmonization of test requirements with EMVCo and ISO/IEC, especially for analog testing. But what are the changes coming with this new release and how will they affect the components of the test setup?

Highlights
Maximum Field Strength Measurements

Maximum Field Strength Measurements

One of the most decisive requirement changes of CR 12 is the increased maximum field strength value for analog measurements (up to 12 A/m).

8-Shaped Coil Antennas

8-Shaped Coil Antennas

The request for antennas sensing extremely low signals has led to a new generation of stand-alone antennas, so-called 8-shaped coil antennas.

READER (Tag Operation) Tests

READER (Tag Operation) Tests

The new READER tests (part of the tag operation tests) have been redefined. Now, the test tool is going to simulate a real tag, which will lead to more realistic test results.

Aligned Reference Antennas for EMVCo, ISO, and NFC Forum

Aligned Reference Antennas for EMVCo, ISO, and NFC Forum

The way in which the reference antenna receiver is defined by the NFC Forum CR 12 is aligned with the ISO and EMVCo standards.

Proposal

4 Steps to Get a Full-Fledged CR 12-Compliant Test Setup

1: Choose CR 12-compliant hardware

1: Choose CR 12-compliant hardware

Our newest NFC Forum Test Solutions are compliant with CR 12.
For existing customers there are three different options to obtain a compliant test platform.

2: Add software frames & licenses

2: Add software frames & licenses

Update your Device Test Center with the newest release and add the required licenses:

  • Analog Scope
  • Contactless (NFC) Simulation (analog)
  • Contactless (NFC) Simulation (digital)

3: Add test benches

3: Add test benches

There are several new test benches and updates offered for testing universal devices, readers, and tags according to NFC Forum CR 12.

4: Add accessories

4: Add accessories

With our CR 12-compliant test solution, we provide several new components, most of them antennas with enhanced performance, sensitivity, and measuring range.

Get Ready for CR 12

In order to get our customers ready for CR 12, we are providing the required hardware and software components. Even those customers, whose test equipment has been compliant with the latest NFC Forum standards, have to take measures to adapt to the CR 12 test requirements. As our former conformance test platform UT³ Platform 3.0 is not fully compliant with the requirements of CR 12, we offer several options to get this issue fixed.

Download the "CR 12 Upgrade Guide" for further Information.

CR 12 Upgrade Guide

 

 

Get your test setup ready for CR 12!

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