U.S.-based Qualcomm has joined the NFC Forum as a sponsor member, which gives it a seat on the board of the standards and trade organization.
Qualcomm, the largest supplier of processors globally for smartphones, had been a principal member of the association, and its intention to introduce NFC technology has been known in the industry for some time. But upgrading its status to the forum board adds more confirmation it will push forward with the technology soon.
The chip supplier is expected to introduce NFC by next year, which could mean greater deployment of NFC in both high-end and low-end smartphones, the latter a market it is increasingly targeting. Qualcomm originally announced a move into NFC technology in early 2011, well before it was ready to launch.