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Tyfone launches SideTap microSD card

Thursday 11 March 2010

The SideTap memory card technology is the world’s first to fully integrate near-field communications (NFC) contactless card payment capabilities with a popular and commonly used mobile phone accessory, a MicroSD memory card. SideTap memory cards enable Mifare as well as any Global Platform compliant payment applet. The SideTap MicroSD card contains an onboard controller that manages over-the-air (OTA) capabilities allowing consumers to add multiple payment and identification options, creating a true mobile wallet.The SideTap MicroSD card is a fully integrated solution with a built-in contactless coil, without loss of traditional memory card functions.

In addition to the SideTap memory card, a SideTap lite MicroSD card with OTA wallet functions but no storage memory is available for partners. A SideTap ultralite MicroSD card is also available without storage memory or OTA wallet capabilities, for a single-payment provider scenario, much like a contactless plastic card or sticker from a single issuer.

Tyfone says SideTap read distance ranges from 1 to 3 cm depending on the reader and transaction speeds are identical to contactless plastic cards.