All this may be possible, but none of these sound like killer apps.
fact, it's reminiscent of the rise of Cambridge Silicon
Radio, now CSR, on the back of its CMOS implementation of the
Bluetooth communications standard.
The similarities are notable. Bluetooth is also a technology standard for
exchanging data over short distances. It was invented in the early 1990s
by Ericsson and quickly became essential for mobile phone and eventually computer makers.
I have never been able to get Bluetooth to work on any
of my gadgets, and I have never needed to. I suspect a lot of other users
have, like me, left their Bluetooth connections dormant. None of
this hurt CSR, which kept supplying the chips.
So is NFC the new Bluetooth? Millions of chips shipped, but rarely to be used?
Rensink replies: "Bluetooth does get used." The Google Wallet initiative, which NXP contributed in 2011, has moved forward to version 1.5. "Many other payment
initiatives are being trialed and rolled out," Rensink added. "We are still in the early
days" more applications are in the pipeline.
We are likely in the early days of a Bluetooth-style roll out for NFC. If the technology can find a niche in the Internet of Things and wireless sensor networks, it may yet prove to be useful. Either way, chip volumes look to be enormous for smartphones alone, where NXP is leading.
All good for NXP until Broadcom or Qualcomm decides the NFC radio, baseband and security should be integrated in a combo chip or application processor.
Oh, and who is the tenth smartphone company that has yet to design NFC into its smartphones? A is for...?
NFC is faster than Bluetooh hence suitable for transfering large data in lesser time.
However bluetooth's RF cloud is relatively large hence convinient.
I am curious if someone can compare NFC with traditional IR port interms of speed and power consumption.
I would think that the comparison SHOULD be between NFC and optical bar codes, not Bluetooth. Bluetooth is more of a "personal area network," and it works wonders, for example, to connect your cell phone to your car's hands-free cell phone system.
Sylvie, I use NFC daily, to get in and out of the Wash DC metro system and metro parking, and also to get in and out of my office (electronic gates and doors). Imagine how neat it would be if I could use the same card I use to get into the Metro system also for, say, food shopping.
Just checked: my mistake--Sprint went with Google Wallet instead of Isis. I wonder if this will be like their WiMax vs LTE mistake of being first with the technology, but ending up with an orphan system.
Well, when Isis comes out (launch date, Oct 22, today!), then there will be a payment system supported by all the major US credit cards and telcos, along with standard NFC payment equipment for stores.
When stores start installing NFC payment systems, and customers see how quickly and easily other customers can make payments using NFC, I think you'll see its use spreading pretty quickly.
It feels like the industry has been harping on about NFC for years and years, and yet.... where are all those swarms of people using it? Nowhere.
NFC holds much promise but has so far delivered very little.
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