Tiny NFC reader with a TRF7970A




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My regular readers may already know that I never stop working on a project half-way. This is unfortunately the only exception so far, motivated by the fact that an IC isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do, that my thread on the TI support forum was left unanswered for months and that I’d like to upgrade some of the chosen hardware.
So a few months ago I wrote a quick post about using a standard coil for NFC tag implant reading. The PCB you saw in the article is the one I’ll be writing about.

Tiny NFC reader with a TRF7970A

The Schematics

The main components are:
– the USB-enabled ATMega32U4
– a connector for the NRF24L01
– a Lithium-Ion battery charger
– an NFC transceiver
– a proximity sensor
The main idea of this platform is to read NFC tags while keeping its power consumption low. The microcontroller is communicating with the NFC transceiver so you can use the platform as a standalone device or computer peripheral.
You could therefore control a switch (using the expansion header), send the tag data via RF (using a NRF24L01 you’d connect) or simply have the ATMega32U4 forward the read/write commands sent from your computer. The original idea was to support libnfc.

The Li-Ion battery charger

The bq24232h is a neat little chip that is very convenient when having a USB powered platform. It’ll of course charge your battery but will also behave like a standard LDO when none is connected. As Li-on battery charges can be very complex it has several inputs used to set the optimal charging parameters (charging/termination current, pre-charge/fast-charge safety timers, maximum current on the 5V USB input…). If you look at its datasheet you’ll see on page 17/18 how a proper li-ion charge should be done. The chip can also monitor the battery temperature and even has short-circuit protection.

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