The China Telecommunication Technology Laboratory of CAICT, the largest testing laboratory in China for the telecommunication market, has selected FIME’s Global Device test tool. The laboratory will use the tool to validate near field communication (NFC) enabled mobile devices in line with the mandated specifications from the Global Certification Forum (GCF).
GCF is an independent certification scheme for mobile phones and wireless devices based on 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards. GCF has referenced the GSMA NFC handset test book PRD-TS27 in its Certification Criteria for devices supporting UICC-based NFC services. As a GCF-qualified test tool, Global Device can be used by a recognized test organization to perform the tests required for GCF’s mobile device certification.
“This is a compulsory standard that all NFC-enabled devices now need to meet, so it was essential for us to find the right tool,” comments Dr. Zhu, Manager of NFC technology at CTTL. “FIME’s tool was one of the first to achieve qualification and we have a longstanding relationship with the company, both for its tools and consultancy services, so it was an easy choice for us.”
FIME will not only provide CTTL with the required tool to perform GCF testing. Its experts will also host training on the intricacies of the various standards referenced in the GSMA TS27 and how the tool is used to certify NFC handsets.
“AS NFC becomes a standard feature in smartphones it is essential for manufacturers across the world to align with the latest standards,” adds Arnaud Peninon, Vice President of FIME Asia-Pacific. “Without this work, devices would not perform as intended or interoperate correctly. From the perspective of a handset developer this specification is particularly important as they cannot sell their products if they do not comply. CTTL can now support mobile technology developers across the region in achieving GCF certification quickly and effectively.”