NFC Everywhere

In our increasingly connected world, NFC (Near Field Communication) is a wireless technology that allows you to interact securely with all the objects around you with just a tap. NXP relentlessly seeks out and defines new applications that bring unique customer experiences. This online zone gives you an overview of what NFC is and what it can do for you.

NFC Use Cases

Near Field Communication is hot. In today's increasingly connected world, this simple, intuitive technology lets you interact securely with the world around you with a simple touch. Fast, seamless, and easy to use, NFC is now available in hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics, with new devices arriving almost daily.

NFC offers the ultimate in security and convenience, and makes new interactions possible. It transforms the already dynamic mobile user experience in a way that enables the "Internet of Things". Now "smart posters", location based check-in signs, a friend's tablet, a ticketing or payment terminal can all interact with your mobile device, securely and seamlessly.

From the simple exchange of business cards to sophisticated personalized transactions, loyalty programs, and even devices that can commission and configure themselves, NFC opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

NFC timeline

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2014 Apple introduces iPhone 6 with Apple Pay using NFC technology
2013 Samsung and Visa announce major partnership to develop mobile payments
2012 Wired US is the first mass market publication to feature an NFC enabled advertisement
2012 Sony introduces the “Smart Tags”, which use NFC technology to change modes and profiles on a Sony smart phone at close range
2012 Samsung introduces TecTile, a set of NFC stickers and a companion application for Android to read and write TecTile stickers
2011 Google launches Google Wallet
2010 AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile announce Softcard (formerly Isis) mobile payments joint venture
2010 The city of Nice in Southern France launches the “Nice City of contactless mobile” project
2010 Google launches the first Android NFC phone (Nexus S)
2009 NFC Forum releases Peer-to-Peer standards
2006 Nokia launches the first NFC phone (Nokia 6131)
2006 Initial specifications for NFC Forum Tags and for “SmartPoster” records
2004 NXP Semiconductors co-founds the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology
2002 NXP Semiconductors and Sony co-invent NFC