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2010-06-07 Partners push hardware-independent NFC API for Android
STMicroelectronics, NXP, Trusted Logic and Stollmann have joined forces to promote a common hardware-independent API for NFC applications on mobile phones and other devices running Android.
2010-05-26 IMS: NFC ready to take-off this year
The NFC market has encountered a number of false dawns since its inception over six years ago. But 2010 finally looks like the year when NFC will finally take-off, according to IMS Research.
2010-05-21 MicroSD to drive NFC adoption in mobile handsets
Mobile contactless payments and other NFC-enabled applications are coming to mobile handsets over the next 12 months through microSD slots.
2010-03-19 Analyst: iPhone should embrace Adobe Flash, NFC
MobileTrax LLC principal analyst prescribed Apple's iPhone a doze of Adobe Flash, microSD cards, multitasking and NFC, in an opinion piece sent out via email March 17.
2009-08-04 ST, Stollmann drive NFC adoption in mobile apps
STMicroelectronics and Stollman E+V GmbH have signed a joint agreement to offer turnkey NFC interface solutions.
2009-07-23 NXP, Trusted Logic team to drive NFC adoption
NXP Semiconductors and Trusted Logic have announced a partnership that aims to accelerate NFC deployment.
2009-07-17 Examining RFID, NFC technologies
This article examines RFID and NFC technologies, and their associated test and measurement requirements.
2009-06-29 NFC ready to fly
Since NFC's inception in 2002, several projects related to the wireless technology have made the headlines. But as with every new technology, there lies a challenge: to get it to move further forward worldwide. Where is NFC now in terms of its worldwide grip?
2009-05-21 NFC welcomes two new specs
The NFC Forum has announced the release of two candidate specifications that further the integration, implementation and standards interpretation of NFC technology.
2009-05-13 NFC controller now sampling to handset makers
NXP has unveiled what it touts to be the first industry standard NFC controller, delivering a fully compliant platform for handset manufacturers and operators to introduce next generation NFC devices and services.
2009-05-07 Will NFC finally take-off?
Near field communications is getting nearer but at a pace that has disappointed even some of its most fervent backers.
2009-03-17 Non-NFC commerce outpaces NFC dealings
The value of mobile commerce transacted via non-NFC methods in 2009 will total $1.6 billion, while mobile commerce conducted via NFC will be minimal, according to ABI Research.
2009-02-25 Atmel module to secure 'first' NFC wallet
Atmel Corp. and TazTag are collaborating to bring to market all-in-one contactless solutions to store and protect personal data. As a first step in their collaboration, TazTag is using Atmel's AT98SC016CU turnkey security module in TazCard, the first NFC electronic wallet.
2009-02-24 Low-cost handsets pack NFC capability
Malaysian mobile device company Fonelabs Sdn Bhd has released a new generation of low-cost handsets that will support enhanced NFC services for developing markets.
2008-09-04 NFC handset trial draws favorable response in UK
Europe's largest trial of NFC technology on mobile phones found that nine out of 10 consumers were satisfied using the technology on cellphone and 78 percent said they would be interested in using contactless services if available.
2008-07-11 NFC Forum releases two new specs
The NFC Forum announced the release of two specifications that stipulate the requesting of actions and the activation of alternative data transfers technologies between NFC-enabled devices.
2008-06-26 NXP leads NFC, contactless IC vendors
NXP Semiconductors is the leading supplier of chips for contactless cards and NFC applications according to a vendor matrix of the sector from ABI Research.
2008-05-07 NFC readies to crack market
Security and software complexity as well as vested interests surrounding NFC have kept the technology from making its way into commercial applications��until now.
2008-04-30 Report: Software gap threatens NFC takeoff
While NFC is expected to take off as early as 2010 for mobile payment systems using cellphones, significant pieces of the software infrastructure for this market are missing and silicon opportunities in the technology may be limited.
2008-02-29 ETSI okays HCI spec for NFC in handsets
Wider adoption of NFC with mobile phones took a step forward with the ETSI Technical Committee for Smart Card Platform, approving the specification for the HCI.
2008-02-18 ST debuts fully integrated NFC SoC
ST has announced a new fully integrated secure SoC solution implemented in advanced silicon technology for the fast-emerging NFC market.
2008-02-15 Gemalto delivers NFC solution to Taiwan Mobile
Gemalto has been chosen by Taiwan Mobile to provide the world's first commercial NFC SIM-based mobile contactless system.
2008-01-15 ABI: NFC progress 'slower than expected'
Although long-term prospects remain promising for contactless technology, ABI reports that deployments in transportation ticketing and electronic payments is making slower progress than anticipated.
2008-01-08 ABI eyes robust growth for NFC market
According to ABI Research, over 419 million Near Field Communication (NFC) chipsets will ship in 2012, amounting to total market revenue of $406 million.
2007-11-19 Innovision starts IP licensing for NFC tech
Innovision Research & Technology plc, supplier of RFID and NFC chips has started an intellectual property evaluation and licensing program for its NFC technology called Gem.
2007-11-05 Kyocera Wireless, INSIDE Contactless partner on NFC
Kyocera Wireless Corp. and INSIDE Contactless will work together as select Kyocera cellphones integrate INSIDE Contactless' NFC solution for mobile payments.
2007-10-09 Taiwan to host first SIM-based NFC trial in Asia
Digital security specialist Gemalto has announced a partnership with Taiwan's Far EasTone Telecommunications to start Asia's first mobile contactless SIM-based NFC trial.
2007-09-07 NXP, Nokia aid Austrian telelcom in NFC launch
mobilkom Austria has launched NFC services in Austria in cooperation with partners NXP Semiconductors, Nokia, ?BB and Wiener Linien.
2007-08-30 NXP equips BenQ handsets with NFC features
NXP Semiconductors has announced that its secure smart card and NFC chip solutions have been selected by BenQ for its first commercially available NFC cellphones.
2007-08-24 Gemalto, NXP team on SIM-based NFC solutions
NXP and smart card provider Gemalto will jointly develop NFC solutions based on SIM cards.
2007-08-03 NFC Forum releases four tag type specs
The NFC Forum has issued four tag type technical specifications promoting interoperability across the NFC market and enabling low-cost volume production.
2007-07-11 NFC Forum drafts host control interface spec
The NFC Forum has started developing a host controller interface spec between NFC contactless controllers and electronic devices' application processors.
2007-04-13 ABI: 292M handsets to have NFC capabilities by 2012
In its latest analysis of the NFC market, ABI Research predicts that by 2012, some 292 million handsets will ship with built in NFC capabilities.
2007-02-02 Consortium to define NFC-based mobile services
A pan-European consortium of companies, universities and user groups has been created to build an open architecture for the development, deployment and use of NFC-based applications in mobile handsets.
2006-10-10 NFC publishes SmartPoster RTD specs
The NFC Forum released its SmartPoster RTD specification for digital content providers that details how to create records for smart poster tags.
2006-09-19 NFC shell turns Nokia 3220 into an e-wallet
Designed to replace the outer case of the Nokia 3220 GSM handset, the NFC "shell" provides interesting new applications for a handset that began life as a pretty basic camera phone.
2006-08-17 First NFC specs now available
The Near Field Communication Forum recently announced the publication of its first four specifications.
2006-07-25 HP joins NFC Forum as Sponsor member
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association advancing the use of near field communication technology, announced that Hewlett-Packard has joined the forum as Sponsor member.
2006-07-01 Large NFC trial under way in Seoul
Philips Semiconductors and SK Telecom, Korea's leading telecom service provider, have agreed to cooperate on a large-scale, six-month field trial for near-field communication in Seoul, Korea.
2006-06-30 Membership in NFC group increases
The NFC Forum announced that 14 new organizations have joined the group as members since February this year.
2006-05-29 Philips, SK Telecom partner for NFC trial in Seoul
Philips Semiconductors and SK Telecom have agreed to cooperate on a large-scale, six-month field trial for Near Field Communication technology in Seoul, Korea in June.
2006-05-01 NFC delivers intuitive connected consumer experience
Near-field communication, a short-range wireless technology, creates new opportunities for mobile commerce, and could change consumer behavior and spending habits.
2005-02-01 Cellular system solutions for NFC-enabled handsets
NFC creates new opportunities for mobile commerce and has the potential to change consumer behavior and spending habits.
2004-12-16 Chipmakers still uncertain of plunge into NFC
No chipmaker aside from Philips Semiconductors has yet agreed to supply NFC chips.
2004-11-04 Philips, Nokia join forces on NFC-enabled phone
Philips Semiconductor, Nokia and their partners rolled out a new handset on Tuesday (Nov. 2) based on Philips' near-field communications technology.
2004-09-21 NFC-based mobile phones emerge for contactless payment
In a prelude to an announcement next week about a mobile phone with near-field communications (NFC) features, Royal Philips Electronics unveiled a partnership Wednesday (Sept. 15) with smart-card reader and software developer ViVOtech.
2004-03-26 NFC forum pushes 'connected planet' vision
Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corp., and Nokia Corp. recently established the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum.
2004-03-23 Multimedia triumvirate promote NFC technology
Nokia Corp. has joined with Royal Philips Electronics and Sony Corp. to promote near-field radio communication technology developed by Philips.
2003-12-10 NFC technology by Sony, Philips gets ISO/IEC nod
The Near Field Communication technology (NFCIP-1) jointly developed by Sony Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics has received approval under standard ISO/IEC IS 18092 of the ISO and the IEC. Philips' Mifare technology and Sony's FeliCa contactless IC card technology are included within the ISO/IEC IS 18092 standard.
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