Intel Deal With Inside Secure Marks Chip Maker’s Foray into NFC Terrain

December 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

NFC, as you already might have heard, is the current cool thing in the tech terrain. Intel does not want to be too late to arrive at the scene. And so, they have just inked a deal with Inside Secure to use their NFC technologies in future products.

This means Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group will get access to Inside Secure’s software, firmware and core hardware technology to build devices with NFC support inside.

Google has already been pushing their Mobile Wallet, and so Intel could not just stay out of the NFC game for long.

Going by what Aicha Evans, VP and general manager of Intel’s mobile wireless group, opines:

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,

It has been pointed out that Intel is looking forward to working with Inside Secure to develop and bring to market a range of exciting connectivity solutions for mainstream consumer products that incorporate NFC features.

Well, Intel will, of course, have to do something big in the smartphone arena to compete with ARM vendors such as Qualcomm,Texas Instruments and Nvidia.

We are not sure as to whether the broad application support afforded by Intel’s x86 architecture is a USP, when coupled with Windows 8.

Looks like Intel has a big game ahead. What do you feel, folks?

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