Xiaomi purchases additional National Instruments NFC Test Equipment to strengthen the test capacity of their R&D laboratory and drive customer satisfaction.
Xiaomi, a leading smartphone designer, have increased their test capacity in July 2019 for the NFC technology by adding another National Instruments NFC Contactless Test Station in their R&D center located in Beijing, China. In 2013, Xiaomi purchased first NFC test equipment from Micropross (Micropross is fully owned by National Instruments as of 2015) for EMVCo and NFC Forum testing.
Xiaomi have its mobile payment system named Mi-Pay, and it is based on the NFC technology. It enables its users to access value added applications such as contactless payment of course, but also public transportation. Mi-Pay was launched in China in 2016, and its success was such that it enters now a phase of international expansion, on markets such as India. Also, as per the mobile market is very dynamic, so Xiaomi have to add another unit of NFC test tool to make sure the development cycle and products quality.
Given the high utilization rate of the first deployed NI system, and the will not to make any compromise on quality, it became necessary to strengthen the NFC testing capability. Supplied with a manipulation robot, the test tool is automated and easy to use, even for non-specialists. Testers are able to run measurement batches without human intervention and spend their time on other tasks while the machine is running.
During the tool selection phase, Xiaomi surveyed their environment: partners, suppliers (NFC controllers, antennas), EMVCo and NFC Forum certification test laboratories, and came to the conclusion that this tool is the standard in the industry. Those two factors let Xiaomi to continue to co-work with National Instruments.
Furthermore, NI’s Shanghai service center has been enabled to support a significant portion of the NFC and Wireless Charging range of testers. China based customers such as Xiaomi will be able to benefit from this service, and enjoy a system calibrated on a regular basis while saving time and effort on paperwork and logistics.