NXP Announces Shipments of 100 Million NFC Chips, Design Wins
NXP Semiconductors said it had shipped 100 million NFC chips as of last month and confirmed it is supplying chips to eight of the top 10 smartphone makers.
NXP, in a blog post, noted it was supplying chips to the planned Windows Phone 8 devices recently unveiled, along with a new lineup of Android devices.
Included in the phones mentioned by NXP’s NFC spokesman Michael Maader in the post were Windows 8 Phone devices announced by Samsung Electronics, the ATIV S; Nokia’s Lumia 920 and 820; and the HTC 8X.
The chip maker also noted that Motorola introduced its first NFC phones, with five Android models expected this year, all with NXP chips.
The spokesman added that among other devices announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last month, were six NFC-enabled devices from Sony, including two high-end smartphones and two PCs.
Of course, NXP’s most important customer for its PN544 NFC chips, with or without embedded secure chips–the former known as the PN65–is Samsung. The South Korea-based device maker has shipped more than 20 million of its flagship Galaxy S III alone, which, as NXP previously announced, carries its technology, including embedded chips.
NXP CEO Richard Clemmer in July disclosed to financial analysts that NXP had design wins for 200 handset and tablet designs. According to the NXP spokesman, there were 80 NFC-enabled devices on the market at the time carrying NXP chips.
“NFC is coming to many new tablets, laptops, speakers and headsets enabling secure payments, mobile ticketing, NFC tag use cases or the pairing of applications across multiple form factors,” said the spokesman in the post, Sept. 27.
The two smartphone makers that NXP doesn’t supply with NFC chips are Apple, which has not adopted NFC, and Research In Motion, which buys NFC chips from Inside Secure.
Other chip makers, including Qualcomm, Broadcom, Texas Instruments, MediaTek and Marvell, are expected to begin shipping NFC chips or NFC technology in their combo chips in coming months or are already doing so.