STMicroelectronics: Airoha Technology Selects STMicroelectronics' "Dynamic NFC Tag" Memories for its Latest Bluetooth Audio

STMicroelectronics: Airoha Technology Selects STMicroelectronics' "Dynamic NFC
     Tag" Memories for its Latest Bluetooth Audio-Module Reference Design

 Built-in NFC technology makes pairing a phone with portable speakersa piece
                                   of cake

Taipei, Taiwan, June 9, 2014 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global
semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics
applications today announced that Airoha Technology, a leading fabless design
company for wireless communication products, has selected ST's latest family
of "dynamic NFC tag" memories for its Bluetooth audio modules.

ST's M24SR is the key component for Bluetooth pairing and parameter storage on
Airoha's AB1510/AB1511 optimized single-chip solution with integrated baseband
and radio for stereo and mono-A2DP^[1] headset and speaker applications.
Instead of the cumbersome device connection setup, users can now simply start
streaming dynamic sounds from NFC-enabled smartphones or tablets with a single

"With the increasing demand for NFC in Bluetooth speaker designs, ST's
"dynamic NFC tag" memories make it extremely easy for users to pair an
NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet with portable speakers to instantly stream
high-quality music via Bluetooth," said Arnaud Julienne, Senior Director of
MMS, Greater China and South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics. "The cooperation
with Airoha has produced the world's first Bluetooth module that takes
advantages of our new dynamic NFC tags."

"The 64K EEPROM in ST's M24SR eliminates the need for external EEPROM, reduces
the overall module size as well as the development time. The MCU embedded in
the new AB1510/AB1511 works well with ST's dynamic NFC tags directly,
resulting in fast and easy production, " said Dr. David Chang, President and
CEO of Airoha Technology. "Our new audio solutions based on ST's dynamic NFC
tag memories have already been adopted by many Tier-1 headset and speaker

AB1510/AB1511 complies with Bluetooth version 4.1. It contains a powerful
48MIPS dual-MAC DSP coprocessor for enhanced audio and DSP applications. The
built-in noise reduction and echo cancellation greatly enhance the sound
quality in voice applications. The line-input support is used for either wired
headsets or speakers. Advanced multipoint supports HFP (Hands Free Profile)
connection to two handsets for voice or two audio sources for music playback.
The AB1510/AB1511's flexible software architecture enables a wide range of
customization in areas such as voice prompt, LED light, key strokes, ring
tones, timers, and voice and audio equalization.

The M24SR series provides an NFC Forum Tag Type 4 RF interface and supports
the NFC data exchange format (NDEF). This enables NFC use cases such as simple
Bluetooth pairing and other connection handovers, automatic links to URLs,
storage of Vcard, and other types of information. ST's NFC memories can be
used in a wide variety of applications, including consumer electronics,
computer peripherals, home appliances, industrial automation, and healthcare

Features of the M24SR family include:

  oNFC Forum Tag Type 4 based on ISO 14443 RF interface
  o1 MHz I²C serial interface operating from 2.7 to 5.5V
  oEEPROM memory density from 2 Kbits to 64 Kbits with built-in NDEF message
  oRF disable pin allowing the application to control RF access from NFC
  o128-bit password protection
  oGeneral-purpose output pin allowing flexibility for the applications (wake
    up on several types of events)
  oSimple antenna design, backward compatible with M24LR series

About Airoha Technology

Airoha Technology is a leading fabless design company for wireless
communication products. With the expertise in wireless technologies and low
power IC design (in both radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal), Airoha is
able to provide highly integrated and cost-effective RF transceivers and
chipset for wireless applications. Airoha's product has been widely adopted by
a broad base of leading customers in area like computer, networking equipment,
consumer electronics and handset.

Further information on Airoha Technology can be found at

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2013, the Company's net revenues were $8.08 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Cheng
Corporate External Communications Manager, Greater China
Tel: +886 (2) 6603-2588

Airoha Technology

Frank Ku
Product Marketing Manager, Product Business Unit II
Tel: +886 (3) 612-8800


[1] The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile is a Bluetooth profile that
enables wireless transmission of stereo audio from an A2DP source (typically a
phone or computer) to an A2DP receiver (a set of Bluetooth headphones or
stereo system)

ST NFC in Airoha Audio Modules


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