|[November 27, 2012]
Qualcomm Joins NFC Forum Board of Directors
WAKEFIELD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use
of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Qualcomm
Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation mobile
technologies, has upgraded its NFC Forum (News - Alert) membership for itself and its
affiliates from Principal to Sponsor level. Sponsor membership is the
highest category, and its privileges include a seat on the NFC Forum
Board of Directors, which manages the organization.
"We at the NFC Forum are honored to welcome Qualcomm (News - Alert), a mobile pioneer
and innovation leader, to our Board of Directors. We will all reap the
benefit of the company's wireless technology expertise and visionary
perspective as we work to facilitate the development of the growing NFC
market," said Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman.
"Qualcomm has actively contributed to the advancement of Near Field
Communication through its leadership roles in the Technical and
Ecosystem Committees of the NFC Forum," said David Favreau, vice
president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros (News - Alert). "We firmly believe
that NFC technology drives seamless user experiences in the mobile,
computing and consumer electronics markets and look forward to advancing
that goal with this expanded role."
In addition, Kovio,
Inc. has advanced its membership from Associate to Principal level.
Twenty-two organizations from a variety of sectors have also recently
joined the Forum.
Principal membership is the second-highest level of membership. Both
Sponsor and Principal members may designate individuals to run for Forum
leadership positions, and they may appoint one voting representative to
each NFC Forum Committee and Working Group. Other privileges include
proposing Forum initiatives and participating in the NFC Forum testing
program using their own in-house test labs.
"I look forward to working together with all our new members, who
represent such a diverse range of markets and industries," added Mr.
The NFC Forum continues to draw innovative organizations from all
regions of the globe to its membership roster, reflecting the growing
momentum for the adoption and implementation of NFC technology. An
influx of members from hardware companies in particular demonstrates the
high interest in building new NFC-enabled devices.
Any organization with an interest in furthering the development and
adoption of NFC technology is encouraged to apply for NFC Forum membership.
In addition to its ongoing work via conference calls and online
meetings, the NFC Forum holds face-to-face, all-members meetings three
times a year to advance NFC initiatives, and to address specifications
and other projects under development. The next all-members meeting will
take place in Seoul, Korea, March 18-22, 2013.
About Near Field Communication Technology
NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers
around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange
digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch.
A standards-based connectivity technology, NFC harmonizes today's
diverse contactless technologies, enabling current and future solutions
in areas such as access control, consumer electronics, healthcare,
information collection and exchange, loyalty and coupons, payments, and
NFC technology is supported by the world's leading communication device
manufacturers, semiconductor producers, network operators, IT and
services companies, and financial services organizations. NFC is
compatible with hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers
already deployed worldwide.
About the NFC Forum
The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org)
was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading
mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics
companies. The Forum's mission is to advance the use of Near Field
Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring
interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market
about NFC technology. The Forum's 170+ global member companies currently
are developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and
protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service
delivery, device discovery, and device capability.
The NFC Forum's Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of
Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world.
The Sponsor members are: Broadcom Corporation, INSIDE Secure, Intel (News - Alert),
MasterCard Worldwide, NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Renesas
Electronics Corporation, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics,
and Visa Inc.
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