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Intel signs deal with French NFC chipmaker

12-15-2011 09:15 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chip making giant Intel has reached an agreement with French NFC (near field communication) chipmaker Inside Secure, the two companies announced on Wednesday.

The agreement gives Intel's Mobile Wireless Group access to Inside Secure's software, firmware and core hardware technology for development of future Intel products with NFC supports inside, they said in a press release, without disclosing terms of the deal.

NFC enables simple data to be transferred over a distance of 4 cm or less between two devices with NFC chips planted. The data can include credit card information, ticket information and coupon bar code.

"NFC is gaining traction in many markets as one of the most convenient ways to use consumer electronic devices for payments and retail commerce transactions, for access to facilities and information, and a host of other applications," Aicha Evans, vice- president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Wireless Group, said in a statement.

"We look forward to working with Inside to develop and bring to market a range of exciting connectivity solutions for mainstream consumer products that incorporate NFC features," he said.

Intel has not revealed a specific plan about Inside Secure's technology. But it is obvious that the world's largest chipmaker is moving to include NFC support in its future products to catch up with the trend.

Last Thursday, Intel upgraded its position in the NFC Forum from principal to sponsor level, the highest level in the industry association that gives Intel a seat on the board of directors.

In November, Intel announced a partnership with MasterCard to enable the latter's contactless payment feature PayPass in Ultrabooks and future personal computers. It means users will be able to tap their MasterCard on a laptop to enter their credit card information, rather than save those data on the device.

NFC technology has been used for years in some European countries and Asian countries, but is not got familiar with the customers in the United States. In the U.S., the technology has been mostly used through mobile devices like smartphones, as Google launched its mobile payment app based on NFC Google Wallet in September.

The active involvement of Intel in the industry is expected to become a catalyst for the NFC penetration in the evolving U.S. market, expanding its application from mobile devices to personal computers.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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