ST's chip powers Korea's first NFC enabled fridge
Korea's first NFC fridge is using NFC chip from ST microelectronics. The NFC chip M24LR integrates I2C interface memory with NFC communication interface. The fridge named Class Cube connects to the smartphone through this NFC interface. Class Cube alerts the user when the fridge door is left open and provides the temperatures in different sections of the fridge. The RFID interface in the chip converts radio waves emitted by RFID reader/writers and NFC enabled phones into energy to power the circuit.
“Integration of NFC technologies increases the intelligence of home appliances that results in higher customer satisfaction. This new connectivity strengthens the link with equipment service centers and helps optimize energy consumption based on the rapid detection of malfunctions,” said YS Jeon, Director of Refrigerator division, Dongbu Daewoo, adding that “we will continue to work hard to launch superior products that satisfy our customers by continuously adopting competitive, state-of-the-art technologies.”
“We are excited to offer products and technologies that increase convenience and advance the adoption of wireless technologies in digital home appliances with the integration of our market-unique NFC / RFID-enabled M24LR memory device in Korea’s first NFC fridge, “said Benoit Rodrigues, Memory Division General Manager at STMicroelectronics. “ST takes pride in helping its customers to develop products that make a real difference to people’s lives.”