Can Qualcomm or Broadcom Dominate the NFC Market?

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4Q 2012 | IN-1015409


Qualcomm and Broadcom Announce New NFC Products



The NFC market continues to gather pace, as two recent announcements are set to have a profound effect on the vendor landscape:

  • On December 5, 2012, Qualcomm Atheros announced the QCA1990, an NFC chip for mobile devices
  • On December 12, 2012, Broadcom announced that its 6th generation combo chip, the BCM43341, will have also have NFC

Changing the IC Vendor Landscape



NFC penetration rates in mobile handsets are rising fast: In 2012, they reached 14.5% penetration in smartphones.

Until recently, only two vendors have had any success with NFC in handsets: NXP Semiconductors and Inside Secure. ABI Research’s You must be a subscriber to view this ABI Insight.
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