The Ramifications of Qualcomm’s NXP NFC Deal

19 May 2015

After netting a design win in Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) has announced that its near field communications (NFC) chips are going to be used across the breadth of Qualcomm's Snapdragon-based platforms. Key points of the announcement include:

  • NXP describes the arrangement with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. as a collaboration that will accelerate the adoption of NFC and security not only in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, but also in wearable equipment and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
  • Qualcomm plans to include NXP's NFC and embedded secure element (eSE) technology across platforms based on Snapdragon 800, 600, 400 and 200 processors, NXP says in a statement. In particular, reference designs are expected to expand the use of NFC in home automation, automotive, smart appliances and wearables, NXP says.

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