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Linux NFC Project OKs MicroRead NFC Kernel Driver Developed by Intel

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, April 15, 2013– Inside Secure (NYSE Euronext: INSD), a leader in embedded solutions for securing transactions, content and digital identity, today announced that its award-winning MicroRead® near field communication (NFC) controller chip is supported in the Linux kernel 3.9 release.  The new MicroRead Linux kernel driver, which was developed by Intel at its Open Source Technology Center with support from INSIDE and other community members, significantly simplifies and speeds the integration of the MicroRead chip into a broad range of Linux-based TVs, set-topboxes, GPS devices, in-vehicle infotainment systems, electronic toys, industrial machines or medical devices by effectively eliminating the need for manufacturers to write any software to use it.

“We worked closely with Intel and the Linux NFC project to improve this core component of the Linux kernel, which will help encourage the development of NFC-enabled devices and improve NFC interoperability among them,” said Loic Hamon, vice president of product management for the NFC Division at Inside Secure.  “This MicroRead driver simply plugs into the Linux NFC subsystem, enabling designers to integrate the chip without the need to port any software stack or write any software interface.”

The MicroRead Linux kernel driver is host controller interface (HCI)-based and supports two physical interfaces – I2C and the Intel® Management Engine Interface (Intel MEI).  NFC tag read, write and format, as well as several peer-to-peer mode functions are currently supported, and additional functionality such as card emulation and secure element access will be implemented when they are supported by the Linux NFC subsystem.  

“As a leading contributor to the Linux kernel, we work with the community to architect and implement drivers in a way that can support any vendor’s solution, setting the stage for broad ecosystem adoption,” said Imad Sousou, vice president for Intel’s Software and Services Group and general manager for Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. “We’re very pleased to see innovative companies like Inside Secure contribute to and benefit from this work.”  

The goal of the Linux NFC project is to provide complete, open source and hardware- independent NFC support for Linux.

Manufacturers are looking to NFC for an increasing number of applications beyond mobile phones as a way to simplify data exchange between two devices, quickly establish Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and many other functions.  As a result, this technology is now starting to find its way into a broad range of consumer and commercial electronic products, many of which are based upon the Linux operating system.

Inside Secure has long played a leading role in NFC technology innovation, including the ownership of several important NFC patents. INSIDE’s MicroRead NFC controller sets a new standard for ease of integration, offers the broadest range of best-of-breed NFC options to help manufacturers more easily create new contactless applications and quickly bring them to market.  

About Inside Secure

Inside Secure (NYSE Euronext Paris FR0010291245 – INSD.PA) is a leading designer, developer and supplier of semiconductors, embedded software and platforms for secure transactions and digital security.  INSIDE mobile NFC, secure payment and digital security products provide security for a wide range of information processing, storage and transmission applications.  The company’s customers are found in a wide range of markets, including mobile payment, identification documents, access control, transit, electronic device manufacturing, pay television and mobile service operators.  For more information, visit


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