NFC is a short-range communications channel that operates at 13.56-MHz at data rates up to about 500-kbit/s. It can support passive tags with preset information that can be powered up by the NFC reader. But it is also expected to become widely used for making financial payments by smartphone. The range of applications include: access control, transportation, healthcare, information collection and exchange, loyalty coupons and payments.
Intel recently upgraded its membership of the NFC Forum industry body to take on a seat on its board of directors.
At present Inside's chips include analog and RF circuitry as well as digital and are implemented in 130-nm CMOS and Inside publicly endorses Globalfoundries as a foundry supplier.
Working at 45-nm and below is of interest to work with Intel," said de Tonnac, although whether Intel will also operate as a foundry and supply chips back to Inside was not made clear. When asked if this was a possibility Inside Secure declined to comment.
When asked if the Intel deal was likely to replace the initial public offering (IPO) that Inside has planned, de Tonnac said: "We had the deal with Intel lined up prior to postponing our IPO. It does not replace the IPO. We still want to do that, hopefully in 2012."
"Working with an industry leader like Intel will play a significant role in the mainstream rollout of NFC," said Charles Walton, chief operating officer for Inside Secure, in a statement.
"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," said Aicha Evans, vice-president and general manager of Intel's mobile wireless group, in the same 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."
You might think so but Inside Technologies SA was founded in 1995 as I remember, by escapees from Motorola and Gemplus who were leading the smartcard explosion as a result of its use in SIMs for mobile phones.
Inside subsequently went after the contactless smartcard market and changed its name to Inside Contactless, and this got them into NFC.
They are now emphasizing their security credentials and so the company name is Inside Secure...but they are a 16 year old private company waiting to IPO
Inside must be a very young company since NFC is very recent. Is interesting to see new companies can have success in very short time if they point their efforts to the right technologies.
Intel needs to be in touch with NFC experts in order to fast forward its products to be NFC capable.
The pun in the title was too easy.
As to laptop, notebook use cases, I am not sure.
But imagine NFC becomes pervasive on smartphones and tablets.
There may then come an expectation that you can transfer product details or informaton to your computer by holding the item close to the machine. In other words most equipment needs to be NFC capable just in case and to allow unforeseen business models.
What use will Intel inside laptop or desktop computers make of NFC? Typically these devices are turned off / hibernating when they are moving around. If used while traveling (train, plane), the near field (train, plane) is stationary relative to the computer even if the computer and vehicle are both moving with respect to the distant outside world. It seems that NFC credit cards, iPads, and SmartPhones are the devices where NFC can shine for payments because they are turned on as their owner walks through local shops.
[P.S. I love the pun in the article title.]
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