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The Host Controller Interface (HCI) is a logical interface, allowing a contactless front-end to communicate directly with an application processor, multiple secure elements and e.g. RF gates in diverse electronic devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and PC peripherals, allowing fast integration of NFC functionality.


HCP (Host Controller Protocol) is used to support the communication between the Contactless Front-end (CLF) of an NFC enabled mobile phone and a contactless application as it can be found on the SIM inserted into such a device.