Toshiba Corp has developed a new USIM card for use in mobile phones supporting the NFC (near field communication) function, in anticipation of the worldwide rollout of mobile contactless services forecast for 2010 and 2011.
The USIM card meets the latest specifications of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute-Smart Card Platform (ETSI SCP) and the GSM Association (GSMA). It is also compatible with the GSMA's Pay-Buy-Mobile program, offers full support for mobile contactless services, and meets all the security levels required for international payment applications.
The company is able to draw on capabilities in mobile phone handsets, semiconductors and systems to deliver a lineup of USIM cards offering high value-added solutions. Toshiba plans to release samples of the USIM card in Q3 2009.