Qualcomm Joins NFC Forum Board of Directors

  Qualcomm Joins NFC Forum Board of Directors

Business Wire

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- November 27, 2012

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near
Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Qualcomm
Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation mobile
technologies, has upgraded its NFC Forum membership for itself and its
affiliates from Principal to Sponsor level. Sponsor membership is the highest
category, and its privileges include a seat on the NFC Forum Board of
Directors, which manages the organization.

"We at the NFC Forum are honored to welcome Qualcomm, a mobile pioneer and
innovation leader, to our Board of Directors. We will all reap the benefit of
the company's wireless technology expertise and visionary perspective as we
work to facilitate the development of the growing NFC market," said Koichi
Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman.

"Qualcomm has actively contributed to the advancement of Near Field
Communication through its leadership roles in the Technical and Ecosystem
Committees of the NFC Forum," said David Favreau, vice president of product
management, Qualcomm Atheros. "We firmly believe that NFC technology drives
seamless user experiences in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics
markets and look forward to advancing that goal with this expanded role."

In addition, Kovio, Inc. has advanced its membership from Associate to
Principal level. Twenty-two organizations from a variety of sectors have also
recently joined the Forum.

Principal membership is the second-highest level of membership. Both Sponsor
and Principal members may designate individuals to run for Forum leadership
positions, and they may appoint one voting representative to each NFC Forum
Committee and Working Group. Other privileges include proposing Forum
initiatives and participating in the NFC Forum testing and certification
program using their own in-house test labs.

"I look forward to working together with all our new members, who represent
such a diverse range of markets and industries," added Mr. Tagawa.

The NFC Forum continues to draw innovative organizations from all regions of
the globe to its membership roster, reflecting the growing momentum for the
adoption and implementation of NFC technology. An influx of members from
hardware companies in particular demonstrates the high interest in building
new NFC-enabled devices.

New Associate members include:
      Acer Inc.
            Agilent Technologies
            ams AG
            Bell Mobility
            China UnionPay Co., LTD.
            KEOLABS
            Lenovo
            National Instruments Corporation
            SMARTRAC TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Joining as Implementer members are:
            EnStream
            Frontline Test Equipment, Inc.
            JC Square Inc.
            Kyocera Corporation
            Plastic Card Enterprise, Ltd.
            Quanta Computer Inc.
            Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co.
            SecureKey Technologies, Inc.
            USA Technologies
            Vertu Corporation Limited
            Wistron NeWeb Corporation

New Non-Profit members are:
            National Payments Corporation of India
            Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)
            

Any organization with an interest in furthering the development and adoption
of NFC technology is encouraged to apply for NFC Forum membership. In addition
to its ongoing work via conference calls and online meetings, the NFC Forum
holds face-to-face, all-members meetings three times a year to advance NFC
initiatives, and to address specifications and other projects under
development. The next all-members meeting will take place in Seoul, Korea,
March 18-22, 2013.

About Near Field Communication Technology

NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the
world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and
connect electronic devices with a touch.

A standards-based connectivity technology, NFC harmonizes today's diverse
contactless technologies, enabling current and future solutions in areas such
as access control, consumer electronics, healthcare, information collection
and exchange, loyalty and coupons, payments, and transport.

NFC technology is supported by the world's leading communication device
manufacturers, semiconductor producers, network operators, IT and services
companies, and financial services organizations. NFC is compatible with
hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers already deployed
worldwide.

About the NFC Forum

The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org) was launched as a non-profit industry
association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and
consumer electronics companies. The Forum's mission is to advance the use of
Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring
interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about
NFC technology. The Forum's 170+ global member companies currently are
developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols
for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery,
device discovery, and device capability.

The NFC Forum's Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors,
include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor
members are: Broadcom Corporation, INSIDE Secure, Intel, MasterCard Worldwide,
NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Renesas Electronics Corporation,
Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

Contact:

NFC Forum Public Relations
Ruth Cassidy, +1 617-957-8494
ruth.cassidy@nfc-forum.org
 
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