Renesas recruits Austria's Panthronics to help with wireless

February 13, 2020 // By Peter Clarke
Renesas recruits Austria's Panthronics to help with wireless
Renesas Electronics, a leading supplier of microcontrollers and automotive semiconductors, has teamed up with Austria's Panthronics to develop wireless charging ICs for the consumer, industrial and IoT markets.

Renesas said it planned to pair its own wireless charging ICs, which came to the company through the acquisition of IDT in 2019, with NFC readers and controllers from Panthronics AG (Graz, Austria).

The two companies are exploring further collaboration and integration opportunities with Panthronics NFC products and Renesas microcontrollers, microprocessors, analog, power, sensor and connectivity products.

"This collaboration enables Renesas' broad range of customers and expansive partner ecosystem to directly benefit from our ground-breaking NFC solutions," said Mark Dickson, CMO of Panthronics, in a statement.

Panthronics was founded in 2014 by CEO Dawoodi Kambiz and CTO Jakob Jongsma. The company has expertise covering RFID/NFC hardware, software and applet solutions that are secure-element agnostic. The company has a patented technology which enables the NFC chip to drive up to three watts directly to the antenna while achieving a detection sensitivity of -80dB. With this, the company has developed an NFC reader chip that is compliant with the EMVCo 3.0 standard for contactless payments.

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